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Mar 15, 2018 | Helen K. Persson Hall

Robert Redford has had an unbeatable career, was a family man, and although he led an extraordinary life, tried to keep his family ‘ordinary’ and far from the spotlight. Ordinary People, a novel by Judith Guest, went from the ‘slush pile’ to Best Seller in 1976. After reading it, Redford requested the rights to make the movie about family depression and disengagement following a tragic event. The film, featuring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern, was sorrowful and exhilarating through Redford’s unsparing and yet deeply empathetic lens. After the film, Julie Gilbert, head of The Writer’s Academy, will discuss the journey from book to film as well as Redford’s transformation from actor to auteur/director. Ordinary People won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director of 1981.

Note: Admission includes water and a box lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.

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