New York on Film: The World, the Flesh and the Devil

When: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00pm
Price: General Admission $20 | Members $15
Image of movie poster for "The World,The Flesh, and The Devil"
Courtesy, Warner Bros.

In The World, the Flesh and the Devil (Ranald MacDougall, 1959, 95 min), on-location film production in post-war New York meets mid-century apocalyptic science fiction.  Shot on location throughout the city, and featuring empty streets that recall recent pandemic scenes, the film confronts racism in a direct way that is rare for a Cold War era sci-fi film at the time. The film was adapted from the 1901 speculative fiction novel "The Purple Cloud" by Caribbean-British author M. P. Shiel, and stars Inger StevensMel Ferrer, and the late, great Harry Belafonte

Special introductory speaker to be announced shortly!

This screening is part of our year-long series, New York on Film: Decade by Decade, programmed by Jessica Green. The series accompanies the Museum's centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture.

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Doors open to Pontarelli Terrace (first floor); drinks & popcorn available for purchase
6:45 pm - Short introduction (speaker to be announced)
7:00 pm - Film program begins: The World, The Flesh and the Devil (Ranald MacDougall, 1959, 95 min)
8:35 pm - Program ends, Museum closes

Event Logistics (subject to changed based on NYC regulations):

  • In case of rain, this event will move indoors into Ronay Menschel Hall (Ground Floor).  
  • Please contact with any questions or ticketing issues.
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change.

General Admission $20 | Members $15

New York on Film is the centennial year edition of the Museum's ongoing Moonlight & Movies series.


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