Welcome to the Timelessness of W.C. Fields' Art & Humor.
There is no instance in the human condition we cannot find some solace in the humor of W.C. Fields. In these times, we need W.C. Fields' Art through Humor now more than ever to guide us into hope through 2022 and beyond.
W.C. Fields speaks truth to authority with dignity, respect, and kindness. He fights for the underdog, the common person. Bottom line, W.C. Fields made and makes the world laugh—the best medicine of all.
Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter and Patron of the Slapstick Festival 2022, will share a message online with an introduction by Chris Serle. This event includes live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.
Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg of The Film Foundation partner with Universal to restore a “handpicked selection of Universal's classic titles”. Of all W.C. Fields' films at Universal, Scorsese and Spielberg choose My Little Chickadee for their partnership with the Universal restoration project.
Founded by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation's mission is to preserve and restore the global art form of film and to make their work “accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world”.
That is our goal for our grandfather, so generations to come can know the joy and comfort that W.C. Fields' art through humor brings to the human condition. Powerhouse Films, UK edition includes an interview in appreciation of My Little Chickadee with Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter.
Pre-register here, for access to the movie and post-discussion links. W.C. Fields’ granddaughter, Dr. Harriet Fields, presents clips from W.C. Fields' films, family photos, and a number of rare radio appearances. She will be assisted by radio/film historian Rob Farr.
“The Timeless Truth” from You Can’t Cheat An Honest Man (1939).
“With an influenza pandemic and a war on, New York’s health commissioner took an unorthodox stand, declining to shutter public entertainment.“ Continue to the full article by Laura Collins-Hughes at The New York Times...
During these times, W.C. Fields' films are the best medicine of all.
The first film to kick-off the Mankiewicz Family Weekend! Million Dollar Legs (1932) written by TCM primetime host Ben Mankiewicz's great-uncle Joseph and supervised by grandad Herman Mankiewicz—longtime friend and devoted admirer of our grandfather W.C. Fields.
Created and organized by Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter, with panelists Dick Cavett and Prof. Rob King of Columbia University Film Department, Harriet chose some of her favorite film clips, that to her portray the “sweetness and gentleness” of her grandfather. Introducing the program saying these are portraits of love so needed in the world today—W.C. Fields to the audience and the audience back again to the artist, quoting her grandfather “If I can make them laugh and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied”.