The Coen Brother's cult favorite THE BIG LEBOWSKI stars a perfectly cast Jeff Bridges as The Dude, who is thrown for a loop when he's mistaken for uptight multimillionaire Jeffrey Lebowski; Phillip Seymour Hoffman has a memorable supporting role as the rich man's brown-nosing assistant. It's paired with Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale ALMOST FAMOUS, in which an aspiring teenage journalist lands a job following a band on tour, befriends groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) and is mentored by rock critic Lester Bangs (Hoffman).
A dying father (Jason Robards), a trophy wife (Julianne Moore), a caretaker (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a self-help guru (Tom Cruise), a police officer (John C. Reilly), an ex-boy genius (William H. Macy) and a game-show host (Philip Baker Hall) each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots devolving into one magnificent story from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson.
After his wife leaves him, theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) stages his most ambitious piece - a production that will encompass his entire life. Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, in his directorial debut, uses Caden and the world he creates (a replica of New York built in a warehouse) to explore the vastness of human experience.
In an Academy Award-winning performance, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote as a charming but ruthlessly self-interested man for whom everything - even friendship and love - is at its core raw material for his art. It's followed by family drama THE SAVAGES, starring Hoffman and Laura Linney as siblings who must put their lives on hold to care for their dying father.
A century ago this month, a mustachioed man in a bowler hat wreaked hilarious havoc at the Junior Vanderbilt Cup race in Southern California as cameras rolled; the film that resulted, “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” marked the first screen appearance of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp. The program also includes shorts directed by Chaplin, including “His Musical Career,” “The Vagabond,” and “Easy Street.”