ZOOM EVENT - Airport: Rebirth of a Genre - Live Zoom Discussion and Q&A hosted by Film Historian Philip Harwood!

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Virtual Screening Room Tue, Jul 6 7:00 PM


Live Virtual Sky Room Talk – AIRPORT: Rebirth of a Genre

Hosted by Film Historian Philip Harwood

Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 PM – Zoom Invitation Link provided in Email Order Confirmation

Public $7 | Members $5

Airport: Rebirth of a Genre

Airport, directed by George Seaton, adapted from the Arthur Hailey best-selling novel, and released by Universal studios in 1970, is important for many reasons: It is the first in the Airport film series, and set the stage for the disaster film genre of the 1970s. It is also the last film for Film Composer Alfred Newman, and stars Van Heflin and Joyce Royce Landis. Starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy (a character who would be a key figure in the Airport franchise) and in an Academy Award Supporting role, Helen Hayes, the film is about an airport manager trying to keep his airport open during a snowstorm, while a desperate man plots to blow up a Boeing 707 airliner in flight. The film was produced on a $10 million budget, and earned $128 million. The film would receive nine other Academy Award nominations. Much attention was paid to detail the day-to-day airport and airline operations and personal stories: airliners buried in snow, noise pollution, economic distress, divorce, and pregnancy. No stone is unturned in Airport. It was the biggest money maker for Universal Studios, until JAWS was release four years later.

The focus of the discussion will also be on the fact that Airport was also the start of a rebirth of the disaster film genre. Many films had been released many years before. New York State Librarian and Film Historian Philip Harwood, will discuss the making of the film, the fascination we have with the film and genre, and childhood memories of the film.

The following link has multiple places where you can rent and stream the film on your preferred platform ahead of the discussion: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/airport. You can also request a copy of the DVD from your local library!

About Philip Harwood:

New York State Librarian and Film Historian Philip Harwood is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Hutton House Lectures at LIU Post, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at St. Francis College. He teaches film studies at the JCC Manhattan, and has taught at 92nd Street Y, The New School, and Queens College. He is also a published author.

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