EVENT: ALISON MACOR - Making the Best Years of Our Lives

Event graphic of Alison Macor next to an image of the cover of Making the Best Years of Our Lives
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 7:00pm
Free
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Alison Macor in conversation with Caroline Frick

EVENT GUIDELINES

  • This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. 
  • The event will take place on the second floor of our store. 
  • The event will begin at 7 PM.
  • Event will run for 45-60 minutes, including audience Q&A. 
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of the book after the speaking portion of the event. To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople.
  • We will have chairs available, but feel free to stand or move your chair around.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if covid protocols require it. 
  • There won’t be a live stream or recording available. 
  • If you have any other questions please email us at online@bookpeople.com

ABOUT MAKING THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

Released in 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives became an immediate success. Life magazine called it “the first big, good movie of the post-war era” to tackle the “veterans problem.” Today we call that problem PTSD, but in the initial aftermath of World War II, the modern language of war trauma did not exist. The film earned the producer Samuel Goldwyn his only Best Picture Academy Award. It offered the injured director, William Wyler, a triumphant postwar return to Hollywood. And for Harold Russell, a double amputee who costarred with Fredric March and Dana Andrews, the film provided a surprising second act.

Award-winning author Alison Macor illuminates the film’s journey from script to screen and describes how this authentic motion picture moved audiences worldwide. General Omar Bradley believed The Best Years of Our Lives would help “the American people to build an even better democracy” following the war, and the movie inspired broad reflection on reintegrating the walking wounded. But the film’s nuanced critique of American ideals also made it a target, and the picture and its creators were swept up in the anti-Communist witch hunts of the late 1940s. In this authoritative history, Macor chronicles the making and meaning of a film that changed America.

ABOUT ALISON MACOR

Alison Macor received a Public Scholars grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her latest book Making The Best Years of Our Lives: The Hollywood Classic That United a Nation (University of Texas Press, 2022), about the making of the 1946 blockbuster and winner of nine Academy Awards. She’s also the author of Rewrite Man: The Life and Career of Screenwriter Warren Skaaren (UT Press, 2017) and Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas, which won the 2012 Peter C. Rollins Book of the Year Award. She holds a PhD in film history and taught for more than 20 years at the college level. A former film critic, she currently works as an Austin-based freelance writer and ghostwriter. 

ABOUT CAROLINE FRICK

Caroline Frick is an Associate Professor in the Radio-TV-Film Department at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, an organization devoted to the discovery and preservation of media related to the state. Prior to her work in Texas, Dr. Frick worked in film preservation at Warner Bros., the Library of Congress, and the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  

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