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Classic Movie Night

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Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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Classic Movie Night

"All the King’s Men"


6:00 pm - Introduction by William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus William E. Leuchtenburg

One of the foremost presidential historians in the country, frequently invited to lecture abroad, Bill Leuchtenburg is the author of more than a dozen books, including the Bancroft Prize-winning Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, 1932-1940, In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama, The FDR Years: On Roosevelt and His Legacy, and The White House Looks South: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a presidential election analyst for NBC on election night for years, and may offer some insights on the election just ended and what we may expect in the coming year(s).

7:00 pm - Three-course dinner served while you enjoy the film

This 1949 film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren would win three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Actor (Broderick Crawford), and Best Supporting Actress

(Mercedes McCambridge). But it is the reporter played by John Ireland who narrates the story of Willie Stark, a hick candidate for county treasurer when Ireland first encounters him, his editor having sent him out into the back country to write about the guy he was hearing about.

Based on the real-life story of Huey Long, who would loom large on the national scene in the 1930’s, Willie Stark’s conversion from hick but honest candidate for county treasurer to corrupt but slick gubernatorial candidate -- and governor -- has fascinated readers and movie-goers for more than 50 years.

It’s not only great actors in award-winning performances that gives this film such power, the writing credits list Robert Penn Warren, the novel’s author, and Robert Rossen, the director, as written for the screen by.

[Run time: 109 minutes]

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