Past Event: Moonlight & Movies: On the Waterfront with Jennifer Egan

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:00pm

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On the Waterfront
Still of Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" © Swank Motion Pictures, Inc.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan introduces this outdoor screening of Elia Kazan's classic 1954 drama On the Waterfront (108 min), which stars Marlon Brando as a boxer-turned-dockworker. Both On the Waterfront and Egan's latest novel, historical noir-thriller Manhattan Beach, trace the crime-ridden underworld of New York and Hoboken’s shipyards in the 1940s. See how the two stories intertwine in their shared portrayal of the city's shoreline and penetrating investigations of human nature. Before the film, join us for a happy hour outside on the Museum's Terrace with live jazz by the Josh Levine Trio.  

Movie ticket includes a drink voucher. Additional drinks and snacks available for purchase. 

6:00 pm 
Happy hour begins (movie ticket includes a drink voucher) 
6:30 pm - Doors open to film screening
7:00 pm - Introductory remarks begin
7:20 pm - Film screening begins (108 min) 
9:30 pm - Film screening

About the Speaker:
Jennifer Egan is the author of several books and a short story collection. Her most recent novel, Manhattan Beach, a New York Times bestseller, was awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was selected as the One Book, One New York City-wide read. Her previous novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. Also a journalist, she has written frequently for the New York Times Magazine — most recently about pregnancy and childbirth among opioid-dependent women. She is currently the President of PEN America and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

To view all of our Moonlight & Movies outdoor film screenings, click here

This program also accompanies our exhibition City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (on view through January 5, 2020). To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

View a trailer of the film here: 


Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.

City of Workers, City of Struggle and its associated programs are made possible by The Puffin Foundation, Ltd

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