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Hellman Wyler Festival Events: Birmingham

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 Date Time Place Description
       

March 2nd
Friday

7:00 p.m. Steiner Auditorium, Birmingham Museum of Art

GALA OPENING NIGHT:
TWO LIVES, SHARED VISIONS:  THE HELLMAN AND WYLER STORIES. Screenings of the documentaries "The Lives of Lillian Hellman" and "Directed by William Wyler" with introductions by Hellman Biographer Deborah Martinson and Catherine Wyler. Special guests and festival scholars will be introduced. The evening will be moderated by Don Noble of Alabama Public Television. FREE

       
       

March 4th
Sunday

1:00 p.m. Birmingham Museum of
Art

With twelve Oscar nominations and three wins, William Wyler still holds the record as America's most honored film director. As part of the Festival, the Wyler family will permit BMA to display his "The Best Years of Our Lives" Oscar for three months, beginning March 4, at 1 p.m., during BMA's popular Jazz Brunch. FREE

       
       
  2:00 p.m. Steiner Auditorium, Birmingham Museum of Art

Wyler's film "These Three," a rarely seen 1936 adaptation of Hellman's stage smash "The Children's Hour," had to be tailored to pass censorship under the Hays Code. Hellman's script met the challenge, and Wyler's picture with Joel McCrea and Merle Oberon became an international screen hit. FREE

       
       
  3:30 p.m. Steiner Auditorium, Birmingham Museum of Art

Between screenings of "These Three" and "The Children's Hour," Wyler family members and festival scholars discuss the two cinematic versions of "Hour" and the impact of bringing it to the screen twice, first in 1936 and again in 1961. FREE

       
       
  4:30 p.m. Steiner Auditorium, Birmingham Museum of Art

"The Children's Hour" starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, and James Garner was declared
"one of the most finely wrought dramas in the history of the screen" by the MOTION PICTURE HERALD. In this version, Wyler finally got to film
Hellman's original story about two school teachers whose lives are shattered by a child's lie. FREE

       
       

March 5th
Monday

4:00 p.m. UAB Hulsey Recital Hall

Pat Loughney, a film preservationist and curator of the Eastman House in Rochester, New York, talks about the importance of preserving and restoring the motion pictures of artists such as Wyler and Hellman. He will screen excerpts from vintage American films saved by Eastman House and will present a restored 1910 silent film of "The Wizard of Oz." FREE

       
       
8:00 p.m. UAB, Hill
University
Center Alumni
Auditorium

Eastman House film preservationist and curator Pat Loughney introduces William Wyler's film of "Dead End," a 1937 classic from a Hellman screenplay. A Best Picture nominee, it features Humphrey Bogart and Claire Trevor in a class drama set on New York's Lower East Side. The film introduced the popular "Dead End Kids" and established Bogart as a tough guy in the movies. The source play written by Sidney Kingsley influenced FDR to push for legislation to clean up the slums of New York City. FREE

       
       

March 7th
Wednesday

7:00 p.m. Levite Jewish Community Center

WRITING ALABAMA, PRESERVING A HERITAGE:  Alabama writers Bert Hitchcock and Billy Cobb discuss "The Little Foxes" with Jewish historian and culture scholar Stuart Rockoff from the Institute of Southern Jewish Life of Jackson, Mississippi. Following the discussion, Wyler's film of "Foxes" with Bette Davis will be screened for the audience. FREE

       
       

March 8th
Thursday

8:00 p.m. Birmingham Festival
Theatre

BFT debuts its Hellman Wyler Festival production of "The Children's Hour," directed by Edward C. Miller and starring Sandra Taylor.  The run of this classic American play continues at BFT until March 24th.
> read letter from the Director and learn more

Call the theatre at 205-933-2383 for reservations.

       
       

March 9th
Friday

8:00 p.m. Birmingham Festival
Theatre

BFT presents "The Children's Hour" with an introduction by Festival Scholar Bernard F. Dick.

Call the theatre at 205-933-2383 for reservations.

       
       

March 10th
Saturday

8:00 p.m. Birmingham Festival
Theatre

BFT presents "The Children's Hour" with an introduction by Festival Scholar Bernard F. Dick.

Call the theatre at 205-933-2383 for reservations.

       
       

     
  For Information contact:
The Hellman Wyler Festival

Birmingham Festival Theatre:
205-933-2383
Marengo County Historical Society:
334-289-0282