American Women in the Arts Film Series
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06520-8280
The American Women in the Arts Film Series, along with the Beinecke Library's concurrent summer exhibitions Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts and Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women, celebrates the Beinecke Library's rich collections of archival material documenting the contributions of American women in the artistic and literary movements of the early twentieth century.
Saturday August 2, 1 pm, The Age of Innocence (1993, Martin Scorsese, 139 minutes)
Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, and Michelle Pfeiffer star in this adaptation of Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Wharton's literary archive is housed at the Beinecke Library.
Saturday August 9, 1, pm, Reds (1981, Warren Beatty, 194 minutes)
Beatty directs and stars in this Oscar-nominated epic film about the lives of revolutionary journalists John Reed and Louise Bryant. Beatty creates a unique narrative style by including interviews with "witnesses" who were contemporaries of Reed and Bryant, including Adele Gutman Nathan whose theatrical career is featured in the Beinecke exhibition. Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Maureen Stapleton also star in this film and were nominated for Oscars for their performances (Stapleton won for Best Supporting Actress).
Saturday August 16, 1 pm The Nun's Story (1959, Fred Zinnemenn, 149 Minutes)
Based on the novel by Kathryn Hulme, who is featured in the Beinecke exhibition, The Nun's Story is a thoughtful film about the life of Gabrielle Van Der Mal whose calling to the religious life is complicated by daily tests of her faith in her order and as a missionary working at a Congolese hospital. When she returns to the motherhouse in France, she faces the ultimate test of her faith when the sisters are forbidden by the order to take sides in World War II.
Saturday August 23, 1 pm, St. Louis Blues (1958, Allen Reisner, 105 minutes)
St. Louis Blues features some of the most popular African American musicians and performers of the twentieth century, including Nat King Cole, Ruby Dee, Eartha Kitt, Mahalia Jackson, Cab Calloway, and Pearl Bailey. The film's main character, Will Handy (played by Cole), is a blues musician who wants to reconcile with his estranged father, a southern preacher. Carl van Vechten's portraits of several of the women starring in the film are featured in Extravagant Crowd.
Saturday August 30, 1 pm, Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock, 130 minutes)
The only one of Alfred Hitchcock's films to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Rebecca is one of his finest productions. The film stars Joan Fontaine as a new bride who moves into the house her wealthy husband, played by Laurence Olivier, shared with his late wife, Rebecca. In a stunning, Oscar winning performance, Judith Anderson plays the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, who, in defense of Rebecca's memory, haunts and torments the new wife, pushing her toward insanity. Anderson's portrait is included in Extravagant Crowd; Carl Van Vechten made hundreds of photographs of the actress, who was also his close friend.