Porgy and Bess – Thursday, September 19 at 7pm

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.

An American in Paris – Friday, September 20 at 7pm

In this Vincente Minnelli-directed classic, Gene Kelly stars as Jerry Mulligan, an American expat trying to succeed as a painter in Paris. His happy lifestyle is shaken when he must deal with the effects of two new women in his life—the young Leslie Caron (discovered by Kelly for the film) and an older art patron (Nina Foch). With music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, the film takes this straightforward love triangle to dazzling new heights—complemented by the sensual and colorful costumes, sets, and choreography. Winner of the 1951 Best Picture Academy Award, An American in Paris garnered Kelly an Honorary Oscar “in appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.”