Carte Blanche: James Curtis on Spencer Tracy

Nov 5–6, 2011


Bottoms Up. 1934. USA. Directed by David Butler

This exploration of Spencer Tracy’s early films is selected and presented by his biographer, James Curtis. Curtis, a distinguished film historian, has previously written biographies of James Whale and W. C. Fields, among others. His new 1,000-page study, Spencer Tracy: A Life, was published this fall by Knopf. Curtis has selected five films featuring Tracy, made between 1931 and 1934: Quick Millions, Face in the Sky, Man’s Castle, Bottoms Up, and "Now I’ll Tell" by Mrs. Arnold Rothstein. Copies of Spencer Tracy: A Life, signed by author James Curtis, will be available in the MoMA bookstore.

Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film.

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