On Day 17 and the final episode of our 57th New York Film Festival daily podcast, Eugene Hernandez, FLC’s Deputy Director and Co-Publisher of Film Comment, is joined by Kent Jones, the director of NYFF. They discuss his history and vision for the festival, as well as saying goodbye in his final year as director. Introducing the main discussion on this podcast, Jones also reflects on William Wyler’s Dodsworth, which was presented at the festival in a brand-new 35mm restoration.
Following the film, Jones moderated a conversation with Catherine Wyler, Melanie Wyler, and Kenneth Lonergan. They talk about the making and reception of this worldly, richly layered adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s 1929 novel, which is one of the triumphs of the storied career of director William Wyler. The film was gorgeously restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, in association with The Samuel Goldwyn Jr. Family Trust, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.