Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Centennial Celebration
MONDAY NIGHTS WITH OSCAR PRESENTS “Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Centennial Celebration”
Featuring “No Way Out” (1950)
With special guest Ruby Dee
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909–1993) earned nine Academy Award® nominations over his four-and-a-half decade career and won Oscars® for both the screenplay and direction of 1949’s “A Letter to Three Wives” and 1950’s “All about Eve.” During that two-year period, Mankiewicz directed and co-wrote (with Lesser Samuels) another important film, “No Way Out,” a story that tackles the issue of race at a time when our society was on the precipice of great social change.
Sidney Poitier stars as a young medical resident whose code of ethics is tested when a rabid racist (Richard Widmark) under his care is hell-bent on destroying the young doctor’s reputation. Also starring Hollywood beauty Linda Darnell, “No Way Out” is heartwrenching in its honesty and presents another example of the director’s storytelling abilities. Like Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder and John Huston, Mankiewicz succeeded in both screenwriting and directing. Mankiewicz and Lesser Samuels received a 1950 Academy Award nomination for the story and screenplay of “No Way Out.”
Hosted by film historian and scholar Foster Hirsch, the evening also celebrated the gift of the Joseph L. Mankiewicz Papers to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library. Print courtesy of 20th Century Fox. 1950. 35mm. Black and white. 106 minutes.
- Monday, September 21, at 7 p.m.
- Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, New York, NY
Host Foster Hirsch talks with Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee.