Film screening: The North Star
Friday, January 16, 7 p.m.
The Museum will kick off a new film series on January 16 with the screening of the Hollywood-produced pro-Soviet propaganda film The North Star (1943, b/w, 108 minutes). The film, about a Ukrainian village that defends itself against the Nazis in 1941, is based on a script originally written by Lillian Hellman. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn and directed by Lewis Milestone, with music by Aaron Copland, The North Star features an all-star cast of such Hollywood greats as Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Jan Withers, Farley Granger (making his big-screen debut), Walter Brennan, Walter Houston, Erich von Stroheim, and Dean Jagger.
The North Star received five Oscar nominations and was re-released in 1957 as Armored Attack.
Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University will introduce and discuss The North Star's entertaining but inaccurate portrayal of Ukrainians in World War II. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. Please contact the Museum at 212.228.0110 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets ($15 adults, $10 Members and seniors, $5 students, including reception).
Images: Video still from the film The North Star. Pictured l-r: Farley Granger, Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter. Below right, poster for The North Star created in 1943.
The Ukrainian Museum's film series and programs are funded in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs