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Flower Drum Song (1961)
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series
Judge Denny Chin, David Henry Hwang
Fri, October 17th, 2014 | 7:00 pm


Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. This series will explore how film has tackled social conflict, morality, and the perennial struggles between right and wrong that are waged from the highest levels of government to the smallest of local communities.

Flower Drum Song (1961)
Old World tradition and American romanticism collide in Rogers and Hammerstein’s lighthearted musical comedy. Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, this film features one of the first largely Asian-American casts in Hollywood cinema. Directed by Henry Koster. Starring Nancy Kwan, Jack Soo, Miyoshi Umeki. 133 min.


Judge Denny Chin was sworn in as United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit on April 26, 2010. He previously served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and as the President of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. David Henry Hwang is a renowned playwright and screenwriter and is America’s most-produced living opera librettist. His work in the theatre has earned him a Tony Award as well as three nominations, one of which was for Best Book of a Musical for the 2002 Broadway revival of Flower Drum Song.


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm. New-York Historical Society members receive priority.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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