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Bradley Cooper, both the director and star of “Maestro,” made a low-key appearance at the New York Film Festival premiere of the film, choosing to skip press engagements in solidarity with SAG-AFTRA.
The premiere took place at David Geffen Hall, the historic home of the New York Philharmonic, which holds a special connection to the film’s subject, legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein. Cooper, who sported a buzz cut, engaged in conversations with notable guests, including Netflix’s Scott Stuber, Laura Dern, Shawn Levy, and Jeremy Strong. Carey Mulligan, the film’s lead alongside Cooper, was notably absent from the event.
This marked Cooper’s first public appearance in support of the film, as he had skipped its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival due to the concurrent Hollywood strikes. Cooper is a member of multiple industry guilds, including the Writers Guild of America (WGA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), and SAG-AFTRA.
At the Venice premiere, “Maestro” received a warm reception with a seven-minute standing ovation. Bernstein’s three children, Jamie Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and Nina Maria Felicia Bernstein, emotionally acknowledged the audience, paying tribute to their father’s conducting legacy.
During the New York Film Festival screening, Cooper remained in the audience, applauding enthusiastically when the film’s creative team, including producers, makeup artists, costume designers, and others, as well as Bernstein’s children, were introduced. However, he did not take the stage or address the audience as a show of support for the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
“Maestro” is set to debut in select theaters on November 22 before streaming on Netflix starting December 20.