Friday Night Film Talks

Let’s go to the movies! New-York Historical is digging into the archives of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series to highlight talks you may have missed. Rewatch the films, which are available to rent or purchase online, and enjoy these free, engaging discussions from the comfort of your home. Having trouble finding a film online? Contact for assistance. 

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949)
Friday, October 23

Acclaimed historian Gordon S. Wood introduces one of his favorite films from his youth, in which Gregory Peck stars as a bomber pilot in a unit that carried out daylight raids over Germany and occupied France. Directed by Henry King. Starring Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, and Dean Jagger. Recorded Friday, December 14, 2012

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Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University and one of the nation’s most distinguished historians. He is the author of many works, including The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, which won the Bancroft Prize, and The Radicalism of the American Revolution, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize.

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
Friday, October 16

Michael Korda introduces the film, produced by Alexander Korda, about six British airmen downed over the German-occupied Netherlands and the brave Dutch citizens who risk their lives to protect them. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, and Bernard Miles. Recorded Friday, November 9, 2012

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Michael Korda, a bestselling author, is the nephew of the film’s producer, Alexander Korda. His latest book is Passing: A Memoir of Love and Death.


The Clock (1945)
Friday, October 9

New Yorker writers Adam Gopnik and Richard Brody set the scene for this film about a young soldier on 48-hour leave in New York City who finds an unlikely romance amid the turbulence and upheaval of the time. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Starring Judy Garland, Robert Walker, and James Gleason. Recorded Friday, November 2, 2012

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Adam Gopnik has been a writer for the New Yorker since 1986. He is the award-winning author of many books, including Paris to the Moon, a series of essays written while he lived in Paris, and A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism. Richard Brody began writing for the New Yorker in 1999. He is the author of Everything is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard.


Casablanca (1942)
Friday, October 2 

Author Kati Marton and the New Yorker's David Denby team up to present one of the landmarks of American cinema: Casablanca, a romantic and political drama amid the dread of World War II. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and Conrad Veidt. Recorded Friday, February 1, 2013

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Kati Marton is an award-winning journalist, human rights activist, and author of several books. David Denby has been a staff writer and film critic at The New Yorker since 1998. Prior to joining the magazine he was the film critic for New York magazine and was the recipient of a National Magazine Award.


Mrs. Miniver (1942)
Friday, September 25

Catherine Wyler discusses her father’s award-winning tale of strength and resilience on the British home front, with Lesley Stahl. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Directed by William Wyler. Starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, and Dame Mae Whitty. Recorded Friday, October 19, 2012

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Catherine Wyler is a producer and former studio executive that has also held leadership roles at an array of cultural institutions throughout her career. She is the daughter of William Wyler, director of Mrs. Miniver. Lesley Stahl is a correspondent for 60 Minutes and a former CBS News White House correspondent.




Image: Entrance and marquee of the Strand Theatre, 1579 Broadway, New York City, undated [ca. August-September 1918]. Hassler, William Davis, 1877-1921.




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