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.
WWI and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Organized in conjunction with The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, these classic films take us through the trenches of the Great War and provide insight into how this conflict, unprecedented in scale, reshaped the 20th century.
The Red Shoes (1948)
Award-winning filmmaker, novelist, and critic Antonio Monda introduces this tragic masterpiece in which film and dance are flawlessly integrated to tell the tale of a talented young ballerina who is forced to choose between her craft and her heart. The music of the legendary dance sequence is evocative of The Rite of Spring, with groundbreaking filmography that later influenced young directors such as Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian DePalma. Set in post-WWI Europe. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook. 133 min.
Antonio Monda teaches in the Film and Television Department at New York University. He has directed several documentaries, including the award-winning feature film Dicembre, which was presented at the Venice Film Festival.
Academy Award-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, renowned for her work with Martin Scorsese, was originally scheduled to make opening remarks. She has been nominated for an American Cinema Editors award for her work on The Wolf of Wall Street and will be appearing at the awards ceremony the evening of the program.
Join us for a related Saturday morning talk on February 8, featuring Debora Spar and Louise Mirrer: “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.”
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024