On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, we take a look at monumental moments in 1940s American history. After an all-new On Story, Fat Man & Little Boy and Enola Gay’s Navigator tell different angles to the story of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. Later, Music Makes a City tells the story of how one Louisville mayor struggled to save his civic orchestra.
On Story Dead Poets Society: Deconstructing the Acclaimed at 7:30 pm
Tom Schulman, writer of Dead Poet’s Society, deconstructs the story’s journey from script to screen, along with his unique working relationships on set with Robin Williams and director Peter Weir.
Fat Man & Little Boy at 8 pm
The 1989 film dramatizes the events leading up to the American bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in August 1945. In the desert of New Mexico, America’s secret effort to build the first nuclear bombs with the potential to end WW II is materializing. Paul Newman stars as General Leslie Groves, the man in charge of the project that will produce two weapons: “Fat Man” and “Little Boy.” Dwight Schultz plays J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientist attempting to bring themission to fruition. Co-starring Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern and Natasha Richardson, this film recreates one of history’s most compelling moments.
Enola Gay’s Navigator: Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk at 9:59 pm
On Aug. 6, 1945, Van Kirk was the navigator on the first atomic bombing mission during WWII. At 2:30 a.m., the Enola Gay lifted off North Field en route to Hiroshima, Japan. “I knew when we hit the coast of Japan we were well on the way to completing a successful mission and the new bomb we carried would be a great help in shortening the war,” Van Kirk said. At exactly 09:15:15, the world’s first atomic bomb exploded.
Music Makes a City at 11 pm
In the late 1940s, Charles Farnsley, a visionary mayor in Louisville, Kentucky, embarked on an unusual scheme to save the struggling civic orchestra. His ambitious plan to commission and record new music from composers all over the world succeeded beyond all expectations — sparking a torrent of original offerings from both famous and emerging composers of the time. The commissioning project propelled the Louisville Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and international acclaim, and made a lasting contribution to musical history.
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