Warner Brothers: The Making of an American Movie Studio
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $25
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Film critic and historian David Thomson brings us behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy.
The Warner Brothers — Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack — arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, and founded an unpromising film studio that became the smartest, toughest and most radical in all of Hollywood.
David Thomson provides original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio’s larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers’ cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became “one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there.”