The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a special screening of "The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story" (1996) on Saturday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
In telling the story of Al Hirschfeld's life, the Academy Award®-nominated documentary features interviews with personalities he drew over the years, including Lauren Bacall, Carol Channing, Joan Collins, Robert Goulet and Barbara Walters.
"I lived in the movies," Hirschfeld had said of his early years, and it was in films that he discovered his gift of caricature. Hirschfeld worked in art and publicity departments at Goldwyn, Universal, Fox, First National and Warner Bros. He is best known for his witty and stylish celebrity caricatures that appeared in the New York Times from the 1950s until his death at the age of 99 in 2003.
Film historian and television host Robert Osborne will join Louise Hirschfeld, the artist's widow, in introducing the program. "The Line King" was written and directed by Susan Warms Dryfoos and edited by Angelo Corrao. This screening will feature a print from the Academy Film Archive courtesy of Castle Hill Productions.
The screening will be accompanied by highlights from the exhibition "Hirschfeld's Hollywood: The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld." The installation, opening on Wednesday, January 4 at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, showcases 20 drawings, collages, paintings, posters and motion picture ephemera.
The Walter Reade Theater is located at 165 West 65th Street in New York City. Tickets for the screening are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. Tickets may be reserved by calling (888) 778-7575. Pending availability, tickets may be purchased in person the day of the screening. The "Hirschfeld's Hollywood: The Film Art of Al Hirschfeld" exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, January 31.