Director Sidney Lumet (1924 -2011) was one of the most diverse craftsmen in the history of cinema, with examples of virtually every genre on his resume, from institutional satire (NETWORK) to musical to suspense (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS). He was best known for excelling at a very specific kind of urban law-and-order drama, often featuring underdog characters fighting against insurmountable forces, represented by the complex ethical examinations and gritty realism of SERPICO, THE VERDICT, THE PAWNBROKER and 12 ANGRY MEN. Join us for a retrospective of Sidney Lumet’s greatest films!
Coupled with the treasures of Ireland’s moviemaking past, this year's Irish Film Festival presents modern works as diverse as they are unique, creating a cinematic barometer for the cultural climate of Ireland in 2011. Kicking it off is the Los Angeles premiere of moving folk rock documentary THE SWELL SEASON, followed by a 20th-anniversary screening of THE COMMITMENTS. Also included are documentaries THE PIPE, about a town's fight against corporate Shell Oil, and DREAMING THE QUIET MAN, exploring John Ford's ties to his native Ireland. Plus, premieres of the critically-acclaimed PARKED and THE RUNWAY, and much more.
Gerard Depardieu is one of France’s - and global cinema’s - most distinguished performers. With varied film choices reflecting the actor’s taste for adventure, there is a larger-than-life quality to Depardieu that’s well suited to playing men of substance from history (DANTON) and classic literature (CYRANO DE BERGERAC). Among his latest is comedy MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE, which will be sneak previewed this month at the American Cinematheque.
Nicholas Ray (1911 - 1979) spent his early years soaking up a staggering array of influences, including studying architecture with Frank Lloyd Wright, working with Elia Kazan in New York’s Theatre of Action, and promoting folk music with Pete Seeger and Alan Lomax. Ray soon gained a reputation for his unique, intuitive rapport with actors and for his combative, almost sadomasochistic relationship with the Hollywood establishment. Although his strangest, most daring (and some say greatest) film came in 1954, with the surreal Joan Crawford Western JOHNNY GUITAR, it was the epochal REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE that was his most widely acclaimed success. Join us for this centennial salute to his work, including screenings of BIGGER THAN LIFE and the not-on-DVD KNOCK ON ANY DOOR starring Humphrey Bogart.
As effortless as she made every step on the dance floor look, Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) became one of the biggest female stars in Hollywood the old-fashioned way: with plenty of hard work. Join us for a centennial salute to one of the true icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age, featuring SHALL WE DANCE and TOP HAT, and much more!
One of the most important and influential composers to set music to celluloid, Bernard Herrmann (1911 - 1975) indelibly heightened many of film's greatest images with his profoundly affecting scores. Herrmann is most frequently and notably associated with suspense maestro Alfred Hitchcock, yet Herrmann's work also includes scores for two of Orson Welles' most brilliant works, CITIZEN KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Nicholas Ray's snow-blanketed gem ON DANGEROUS GROUND, and Brian De Palma's OBSESSION, to name just a few.