The remainder of the spring lineup of the NYS Writers Institute has been postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Film screening: Baby Face

1933 American drama

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2020
Page Hall, UAlbany downtown campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany
Free and open to the public. See map

Classic Film Series

(United States, 1933, 76 minutes, b/w)

Directed by Alfred E. Green. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent.


A classic of pre-Code Hollywood, Baby Face tells the story of Lily Powers (Stanwyck) a young woman who uses sexual charm for personal and social advancement. This screening will feature “objectionable” footage removed in 1933 by the New York State Censorship Board in its mission to protect public morality. 


25-year-old John Wayne plays a supporting role as one of Powers' lovers. 

Cosponsored by the NYS Archives Partnership Trust in association with the archive of the NYS Department of Motion Picture Censorship in Manuscripts and Special Collections of the NYS Library.

About The Classic Film Series

The NYS Writers Institute’s Classic Film Series, presented with support from Marc Guggenheim, UAlbany Class of ‘92, features screenings of domestic and international films of distinction and film festivals devoted to the work of particular directors, producers, or screenwriters.

The series has included rare films culled from archives and private collections, pre-release screenings from major studios, contemporary international offerings, as well as classics made in the U.S. The Institute will launch the Albany Film Festival in March 2020.

Some of the filmmakers and screenwriters who have visited the Institute have included Hal Ashby, Hector Babenco, Costa-Gavras, Tomas Gutierrez-Alea, James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, Neil Jordan, Spike Lee, Albert Mayseles, Gordon Parks, Sr., Raoul Peck, D.A. Pennebacker and Chris Hegedus, Bob Rafelson, Phil Alden Robinson, Wallace Shawn, Ron Shelton, Christine Vachon, Agnes Varda, and Robert Wise, and Doug Wright.

Classic Film Series

NYS Writers Institute

Science Library 320

University at Albany

1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442-5620

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