To mark the long-awaited return of George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess to the Metropolitan Opera, Film at Lincoln Center is proud to present a panel discussion and special screening of Otto Preminger’s rarely-seen 1959 film adaptation, which stars Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge in the iconic title roles of Porgy, a disabled beggar, and Bess, the troubled woman he loves. Set in a vividly stylized rendering of early twentieth-century Charleston, the film boasts a supporting cast that includes Brock Peters as Bess’s hot-tempered lover, and Sammy Davis Jr. as her opportunistic dope dealer. Presented in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera.

Preceded by a panel discussion with Preminger biographer Foster Hirsch, Maurice Wheeler, co-curator of the Met’s Black Voices at the Met exhibition, and tenor Frederick Ballentine who performs the role of Sportin’ Life in the Met’s new production.

Note: This is an international release print with subtitles.


On Friday, September 20, join us for another Gershwin film, the Vincente Minnelli-directed classic An American in Paris. Get tickets here.