New York World’s Fair Film Festival
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)
Included with museum admission (get 50% off admission here)
From documentaries and promotional films to newsreels and home movies, New York’s 1939–40 World’s Fair produced an array of moving images that captured the innovative spirit of the time. Seen by millions, the documentaries and industrial films sold new products and appliances from companies like Westinghouse and General Motors, but they also offered audiences a novel and prescient vision of middle-class American life. Join us for a viewing of rare and legendary films, including the stop-motion “In Tune with Tomorrow,” “The Middleton Family at the Fair,” and a re-creation of the Democracity ride. Screenings begin at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, with introductions by curator Donald Albrecht, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Jessica Lautin, and others. Drop in for some films, or relive the ’39 Fair by staying the whole day!
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s.
Co-sponsored by the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.
Subject to change
11:00 am The Middelton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)
The World of Tomorrow (1984)
12:00 pm Symphony in F (1940)
To New Horizons (1940)
In Tune with Tomorrow (1939)
1:00 pm The City (1939)
2:00 pm H. Earl Hoover’s Home Movies of the Fair
Presentation by Hal Drucker
3:00 pm The Middelton Family at the New York World’s Fair (1939)