Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass

Nine Lives Exhibition Related Screenings 

Selected by Charlie White

Splendor in the Grass is the tragically romantic tale of sexually repressed and neurotic teenagers Deanie (Natalie Wood) and Bud (Warren Beatty), set in rural Kansas in 1928. The film is noted for its controversial first depiction of a French kiss in a film.  (1961, 124 min., Dir. Elia Kazan)

The film will be introduced by Steve Tropiano, author of Rebels & Chicks: A History of the Hollywood Teen Movies (2006), and the recently published Obscene, Indecent, Immoral & Offensive: 100+ Years of Controversial Cinema.  Stephen is the founding director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, where he teaches courses on television and film history, theory and criticism.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm.

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Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss. 


Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, an anonymous donor, and the Hammer Programs Committee.