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William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy and Hello Out There


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Presented in partnership with the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York and the Armenian Cultural Resource Center at Queens College

The Human Comedy

Dir. Clarence Brown. 1943, 117 mins. Digital projection. With Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan. A heartwarming look at family and friendship, The Human Comedy is the poignant story of high school student Homer Macauley (Mickey Rooney) and the lives he touches while delivering telegrams throughout his small California town during the troubling years of World War II. Based on an original screenplay by Armenian-American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Saroyan (which he would later adapt into a bestselling novel), the movie received four Oscar nominations—Best Picture, Director, Actor (Rooney) and B&W Cinematography—and Saroyan won for Best Story.

Followed by Hello Out There (Dir. Tim Armen O’Hanlon. 2010, 23 mins.), an adaptation of a one-act play by Saroyan, and discussion with director Tim Armen O’Hanlen and cinematographer Saro Varjabedian.

Tickets: $15 (Free for members at the Film Lover and MoMI Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with any questions regarding online reservations.)

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