Film Series

The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • October 27, 2015

  • Post-screening Conversation with
  • Novelist Tom Wolfe and United States Attorney Preet Bharara

In partnership with the 92Y, FOLCS featured a screening of this 1990 widely discussed and much anticipated film based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel of the same name. This comedy-drama starring Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith, and Bruce Willis explores the mix of ambition, racism, politics, and greed in New York in the 1980s, when being a “Master of the Universe” defined the very meaning of Wall Street excess and entitlement.

Tom Wolfe reflected on the novel and film 25 years after its premiere, and United States Attorney Preet Bharara offered his view on its continued relevance and why Wall Street crime makes for such great drama.