Movies of the 1950s is the topic of a presentation Thursday to the Y's Men of Westport-Weston.

Foster Hirsch, professor of cinema at Brooklyn College, will be the featured speaker at the Y's Men meeting at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plains Road. The program starts at 9:45 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts, and Hirsh's talk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Hirsch will discuss a cinematic era when "Brando made the scene and the screen widened."

A graduate of Stanford University, Hirsch holds M.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D degrees from Columbia University. He joined the English Department of Brooklyn College in 1967 and the college's newly established Film Department in 1973, where he still teaches.

Hirsch has written 16 books on theater and cinema, including "Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen" (1983), "A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actor's Studio" (1984) and "Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King." (2007).

Those interested in attending Hirsch's presentation or learning more about the Y's Men should contact Tom Douglas at The group's website is