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.
The Search (1948)
Actress Lee Grant is joined by Susan Lacy to discuss Montgomery Clift and his groundbreaking and profoundly moving portrayal of a U.S. Army engineer in postwar Europe, as he forms a bond with a young boy who was torn away from his mother during World War II. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Starring Montgomery Clift, Jarmila Novotna, Aline MacMahon, and Ivan Jandl.
Lee Grant established herself as a formidable Broadway actress when still in her teens, winning the Critics Circle Award for her performance as the shoplifter in Detective Story. She recreated this portrayal on film, earning the Cannes Film Festival award as Best Actress and her first of four Academy Award nominations. Her stunning film and television career has included an Emmy Award for Peyton Place and an Academy Award for Shampoo. Susan Lacy is the creator and executive producer of American Masters, Thirteen/WNET’s award-winning biography series, celebrating arts and culture. Created and launched in 1986, the series has produced an exceptional library of 180 titles, accruing widespread acclaim, including 50 Emmy nominations and 23 awards, an Oscar, three Grammys, and 12 Peabody Awards.
The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024