The Paley Center for Media in New York has scheduled a timely February 25 screening of the rarely seen filmed version of Willie Stark, the opera based on Robert Penn Warren’s novel All The King’s Men, about the rise and fall of an American demagogue.
Originally screened in 1981 as an episode of PBS's Great Performances series, the film captures the Houston Grand Opera production, which starred Timothy Nolen directed by Harold Prince. The opera was written by composer-librettist Carlisle Floyd, who is scheduled to attend the screening. Floyd’s other works include Susannah and Of Mice and Men. He is in New York preparing the premiere of his latest opera, Prince of Players, scheduled to premiere February 23 at the Kaye Playhouse in Manhattan.
The cast of the film also includes Alan Kays, Jan Curtis, Julia Conwell, Don Garrard, and Robert Moulson.
Warren‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1946 novel echoes the life of Louisiana Gov. Huey P. Long, who rose to power during the 1930s by vocally opposing the what he saw as the Liberal dominance of President Franklin Roosevelt. Long was assassinated in 1935.
The film will be screened for free starting at 1 PM at the Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street in Manhattan.