Friends of Ludlow Auditorium launches Robin Williams film series with ‘Moscow on the Hudson’

Saturday, September 17 – LUDLOW – Friends of Ludlow Auditorium (FOLA) will begin its three-part film series featuring the comedic and dramatic talents of Robin Williams on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. with the screening of Williams’ comedy hit, “Moscow on the Hudson”.

The event will begin with film historian, Rick Winston, speaking about Williams’ background with specific reference to the three films in the series. Following this, refreshments will be offered. The film will start at 7 p.m.

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Pictured above is Robin Williams in ‘Moscow on the Hudson’ as he works at a New York McDonalds as he tries to get used to life in America.

Moscow on the Hudson is a 1984 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Mazursky that stars Robin Williams as a Soviet circus musician who defaults on a visit to the United States. It co-stars María Conchita Alonso (in her film debut), Elya Baskin as a circus clown, Savely Kramarov as one of two KGB apparatchiks, Alejandro Rey as an immigration lawyer from the musician and Cleavant Derricks as his first American host and friend.

Moscow Circus saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff lives in an overcrowded apartment with his extended family. He queues for hours to buy toilet paper and shoes. His circus troupe is sent to perform in New York. His friend Anatoly, who has hardly spoken of anything other than defecting, cannot bring himself to go all the way; and Vladimir, who had opposed the plan as reckless and reckless, suddenly decides to do it. He flees his Soviet controllers and hides behind a perfume counter at Bloomingdale’s under the skirt of the saleswoman, Lucia Lombardo. When the New York Police Department and the FBI arrive, Vladimir stands up to his controllers and defaults with the news cameras rolling.

Lionel Witherspoon, a security guard who protected Vladimir from his Russian masters during the defection, brings him back to Harlem to live with Lionel’s unemployed mother, father, sister and grandfather – a noticeably similar lifestyle to that of Vladimir’s family in Moscow.

The following steps trace Vladimir’s efforts to learn English, find a job, find romance, and learn to enjoy life in his new country.

The other two Williams films in the series are “Good Morning, Viet Nam” on October 1 and “Awakenings” on October 29.

Everyone is invited to attend the film as well as the previous review of the film and William’s role in the three films that make up this series. The movie is free; donations are appreciated. For more information, (802) 228-7239 or

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