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Leonard Maltin on Churchill Film Critic Highlights Washington Conference

Full Conference Schedule Announced

The Thirty-sixth International Churchill Conference will take place in Washington, D.C. this coming 29–31 October. We are pleased to announce that noted film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has now joined the schedule to speak about Churchill’s relationship with the film industry. To register, please CLICK HERE.

Known for his many television appearances and books, Maltin is one of the most popular speakers and commentators about film history. He will explore Churchill’s love of the movies, his friendship with Charlie Chaplin, and his work with Alexander Korda, the founder of the British film industry.


Tuesday, October 29

There will be two optional tours to choose from for those who arrive early. The first will be to George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. The other is to Marjorie Meriwether Post’s Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Both tours will include lunch.

The Opening Reception will take place in the evening at historic Anderson House with welcoming remarks by Honorary Conference Co-Chair Celia Sandys and a presentation by Gregory Smith about “Churchill and the Society of the Cincinnati.”

Wednesday, Oct 30

The panel sessions will begin with Klaus Larres speaking about “Churchill and Germany, 1945–55” followed by Angela Stent discussing “Churchill & the USSR, 1945–55.” Jill Rose will round out the morning on the topic “Nursing Churchill”

During Lunch there will be presentations by Timothy Riley on “An Imaginative Concept: 50 Years in Fulton” and Edwina Sandys about “Breakthrough, Fulton, and the Berlin Wall”

Cita Stelzer will start off the afternoon discussing Churchill’s secretaries in “Working with Winston.” Lady Aurelia Young  will then speak about her father the sculptor Oscar Nemon, who created what are considered the finest busts and statues of Churchill. Acclaimed biographer Andrew Roberts will round out the day discussing “The State of Churchill’s Reputation Today”

The evening will begin with a Reception followed by our annual Gala Dinner featuring Leonard Maltin on “Churchill and the Movies.”

Thursday, October 31

The final day of the conference will start with John von Heyking in conversation with James W. Muller discussing “Churchill on Politics as Friendship.” Finest Hour editor David Freeman, will then speak about “Churchill on the Hill: His Speeches to Congress” and be followed by former Keeper of the Churchill Archives Piers Brendon discussing “Churchill’s Menagerie.”

After lunch, documentary maker John Fleet will screen and discuss his acclaimed new film “Churchill and the Movie Mogul” about Churchill and his friend Alexander Korda—the “father of the British film industry”

We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

*The final schedule is subject to change as necessary.

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