Hollywood’s fathers, with film historian David Thomson


Hour 2

In time for Father’s Day, we take a look back at memorable fathers in film history with film historian and critic DAVID THOMSON, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film and a library’s worth of essential works on cinematic history. We’ll discuss iconic, beloved fathers, from Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird” to Spencer Tracy in “Father of the Bride.” And we’ll discuss fearsome fathers, from Robert Duvall’s “The Great Santini” to Robert DeNiro in “This Boy’s Life” to, yes, Darth Vader. And we’ll talk about the changing role of fathers in film.

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