Reel 13 – May lineup

Air date: 05/05/2012


Nicole Kidman and Kenneth Branagh among the Indies stars

Silver screen he-men Steve McQueen, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper topline May’s Classic films on “Reel 13. McQueen will be seen in two of his best films – “Papillon” and “Bullitt” – on consecutive weeks (see below).

Bogart and Robinson star in the classic adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 Broadway play, “Key Largo,” which onstage, had starred Paul Muni, with a stellar supporting cast which included Jose Ferrer, Uta Hagen, and Karl Malden.  And Cooper stars in his late career romantic comedy, “Love in the Afternoon.”

Nicole Kidman and Kenneth Branagh are among the stars in the companion Indie films airing throughout the month in “Birthday Girl” and “Rabbit-Proof Fence” respectively.

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Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña.

The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.


May 5

“Love in the Afternoon” (1957) Dir: Billy Wilder

A middle-aged playboy (Gary Cooper) is fascinated by the daughter of a private detective (Audrey Hepburn). With Maurice Chevalier

“Birthday Girl” (2001) Dir: Jez Butterworth

A bank clerk is drawn into a web of crime. With Nicole Kidman, Vincent Cassel, and Ben Chaplin.


May 12

“Key Largo” (1948) Dir: John Huston

A gangster holds a GI and others hostage in a run-down hotel. With Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor.

“The Piano in the Factory” (“Gang de qin”) (2010) Dir: Zhang Meng, Jae-young Kwak

A laid-off factory worker in China tries to buy his daughter a piano. With Yongzhen Guo, Shin-yeong Jang and Qian Liu


May 19

“Papillon” (1973) Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner

A safecracker (Steve McQueen) and a counterfeiter (Dustin Hoffman) try to escape Devil’s Island.

“Rabbit-Proof Fence” (2002) Dir: Phillip Noyce

In 1931, three aboriginal girls set off on a trek across the Outback. With Kenneth Branagh, Evelyn Sampi, and Tianna Sansbury.


May 26

“Bullitt” (1968) Dir: Peter Yates

Steve McQueen as a San Francisco police detective investigating a mob corruption case. With Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Vaughn.

“Beneath Clouds” (2002) Dir: Ivan Sen

An aboriginal girl meets a Murri boy doing time in an Australian prison. Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt and Jenna Lee Connors


Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Rubin Museum of Art. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


David Horn is executive producer.  Bob Morris is senior producer.  Colleen McHugh is associate producer. Kevin Alexander is production assistant.


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