The Academy Museum will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Making Love,” with a special panel with star Harry Hamlin and writers A. Scott Berg and Barry Sandler, moderated by Bill Kramer, the chief executive officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23.
Acclaimed biographer Berg saw gay rights as the next great social movement in America and wrote the story for the film, a sensitive coming-out drama with the screenplay penned by Sandler. The story is about a young Los Angeles-based doctor (Michael Ontkean), seemingly happily married to his college sweetheart (Kate Jackson), who falls for an openly gay man (Hamlin) who makes him face up to his true feelings. Directed by Hollywood veteran Arthur Hiller (“Love Story,” “The Hospital)”, “Making Love” was the rare Hollywood film of its time to put gay characters front-and-center as sympathetic, complicated, non-stereotypical characters. In the 40 years since its premiere, it continues to find new and appreciative audiences.
For information and tickets, visit academymuseum.org/en/programs/making-love-017fb3f5-bee8-5af3-e067-80957629f432. The Academy Musuem is located at 6067 Wilshire Blvd.