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 are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s inaugural film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Produced in conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition WWII & NYC, this selection of classic films will show a broad scope of life during and after the most widespread and destructive conflict in human history.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Ian W. Toll, Mary Owen, and Ron Simon team up on the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor to discuss the timeless tale of the soldiers of “Company G,” stationed on Oahu in the days leading up to the attack. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, and Frank Sinatra.
Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942. His previous book, Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy, was selected for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, the William E. Colby Award, and New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list. Prior to his writing, Mr. Toll had been a Wall Street analyst, a Federal Reserve financial analyst, and a political aide and speechwriter. Mary Owen is the daughter of Donna Reed, star of such films as From Here to Eternity and It's A Wonderful Life, and serves on the board of directors for the Donna Reed Foundation for the Performing Arts. She has introduced her mother's films at such venues as the IFC Theater Center and on Turner Classic Movies. Ron Simon (moderator) has been a curator at The Paley Center for Media since the early 1980s. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University, New York University, and Hunter College, where he teaches courses on the history of media. He is a member of the editorial board of Television Quarterly and former chair of the Peabody Awards jury.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024