PAUL NEWMAN REMEMBERED
March 6 - April 30
Hollywood lost one of its heroes last fall when Paul Newman died at 83. Not only will he be remembered for his 60+ movie roles in a career that spanned 50 years, but also for the lasting legacy of his charitable work, including the Hole in the Wall Gang summer camps for seriously ill children, and the Newman's Own brand, a non-profit organization which has donated over $200 million to charity.
As an actor, Newman enjoyed what can only be described as universal popular acclaim, intensely well regarded by the public and most critics, as evidenced by a long string of box office successes through the prime of his career. In his middle years, he gracefully moved from the leading man roles of his youth into more character-based work, with late-period roles cleverly playing Newman's age against his undeniable still-got-it-ness. He received 10 Oscar nominations over the years, including a win in 1986 for reprising the role of "Fast Eddie" Felson from THE HUSTLER in Martin Scorsese's THE COLOR OF MONEY, exactly one year after the Academy bestowed an honorary Oscar on him recognizing his entire body of work. In 1993 the Academy honored Newman for his outstanding charitable work, with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Interestingly, for an actor as beloved and admired as Newman was, his film career was characterized mostly by flawed heroes and grasping anti-heroes. Join AFI in a look back at some of Newman's many memorable films, including two of his best directorial efforts, RACHEL, RACHEL and THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS, both featuring outstanding performances by his wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward.
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Newman earned his ninth Academy Award nomination for his role as Sully, a cranky 60-something bachelor still working odd jobs in construction and living in a rented room owned by the kindly Jessica Tandy (in her last screen role). Spending the better part of his life avoiding responsibility, Sully must reconcile his past when the son he abandoned resurfaces in town with a son of his own.
DIR/SCR Robert Benton, based on the novel by Richard Russo; PROD Arlene Donovan, Scott Rudin. US, 1994, color, 110 min. RATED R
Friday, March 6, 7:00; Saturday, March 7, 12:45
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
#20 AFI 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains
#23 AFI 100 Years...100 Songs
#54 AFI 100 Years...100 Thrills
A box office smash as well as the recipient of seven Academy Award nominations, Paul Newman is mastermind criminal Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford is his lightning-quick partner, the Sundance Kid. As the leaders of the legendary Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, these charismatic outlaws rob banks and stagecoaches at will until a ruthless railroad baron assembles a bloodthirsty posse to put them under. With the hired guns on their heels, they flee to Bolivia to start anew, but once again find themselves afoul of the law.
DIR George Roy Hill; SCR William Goldman; PROD John Foreman. US, 1969, b&w/color, 110 min. RATED PG
Friday, March 6, 9:15*; Saturday, March 7, 3:00, 7:20; Sunday, March 8, 1:00, 10:00; Monday, March 9, 9:00
March 6, 9:15 show featuring afterparty by AFI and BrightestYoungThings
. Admission free with movie ticket.
COOL HAND LUKE
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"What we've got here is failure to communicate." In what is perhaps his most iconic role, Paul Newman stars as Lucas Jackson, a southern vagabond who receives a two-year prison sentence for destroying a few parking meters. Sent to a vicious chain gang, Luke becomes a thorn in the side of the guards, and an inspirational, iconoclastic example to his fellow prisoners. A powerful parable of conformity and brotherhood, COOL HAND LUKE earned Newman the fourth of his Academy Award nominations.
DIR Stuart Rosenberg; SCR Donn Pearce, Frank Pierson, based on the novel by Donn Pearce; PROD Gordon Carroll. US, 1967, color, 126 min. RATED PG
Saturday, March 7, 9:45; Sunday, March 8, 3:15; Wednesday, March 11, 9:20; Thursday, March 12, 8:30
As a white man raised by Apaches, Newman is relegated to ride on top of the stagecoach as demanded by bigoted fellow passengers, self-righteous banker Fredric March and his equally intolerable wife Barbara Rush. When the stagecoach is robbed by a group of outlaws and Rush is taken captive, it becomes clear that March is not all he claims to be, and Newman must decide on whose side he will stand.
DIR/PROD Martin Ritt; SCR/PROD Irving Ravetch; SCR Harriet Frank, Jr., based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. US, 1967, color, 111 min. NOT RATED
Friday, March 27, 7:00; Saturday, March 28, 9:20
Hardboiled private detective Paul Newman is hired by smoky millionaire Lauren Bacall to find out what's happened to her uniformly despised missing husband. There is no short supply of suspects and double-crossers in this all-star cast: sexpot daughter Pamela Tiffin and her freeloading boyfriend Robert Wagner, drug-addicted musician Julie Harris, aging actress Shelley Winters and her unstable husband Robert Webber. Janet Leigh also has a turn as Newman's long-suffering wife.
DIR Jack Smight; SCR William Goldman, based on The Moving Target by Ross Macdonald; PROD Jerry Gershwin, Elliott Kastner. US, 1966, color, 121 min. NOT RATED
Friday, March 27, 9:20; Saturday, March 28, 12:20; Sunday, March 29, 9:30; Monday, March 30, 9:15; Tuesday, March 31, 9:15
THE LONG, HOT SUMMER
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's first film together garnered Newman the prestigious Acting Award at Cannes for his portrayal of Ben Quick, a seductive loner who drifts into a small Mississippi town presided over by the iron-fisted Orson Welles. Fearful that his legacy is in jeopardy entrusted to his weak-willed son Anthony Franciosa, Welles plays at matchmaker for his daughter, spinsterish Joanne Woodward, and sets his sights on Newman as his heir apparent--much to his son's dismay.
DIR Martin Ritt; SCR Irving Ravetch, Harriet Frank, Jr., based on The Hamlet by William Faulkner; PROD Jerry Wald. US, 1958, color, 115 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 28, 2:40; Sunday, March 29, 7:10
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Arguably Newman's signature and most passionate performance; he earned his first
Oscar nomination as despondent alcoholic Brick Pollitt, husband to Elizabeth Taylor who herself earned an Oscar nomination as passionate Southern Belle "Maggie the Cat." Based on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Newman and Taylor find themselves on his family's Mississippi plantation for the birthday of patriarch "Big Daddy" Burl Ives, where deeply buried secrets emerge.
DIR/SCR Richard Brooks; SCR James Poe, based on the play by Tennessee Williams; PROD Lawrence Weingarten. US, 1958, color, 108 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, March 28, 7:05; Sunday, March 29, 12:45; Monday, March 30, 7:00;
Tuesday, March 31, 7:00; Wednesday, April 1, 9:20
In one of his defining roles, Newman stars as "Fast Eddie" Felson, an up-and-coming pool hustler determined to dethrone reigning champion "Minnesota Fats" (Jackie Gleason). When he loses everything to Fats in a high-stakes game, Eddie falls in with ruthless manager Bert Gordon (a mesmerizing George C. Scott) who leads him down a path of greed and self-destruction. A sports movie with the scope of a Greek tragedy, this is an arresting character study and rumination on the price of success. (Note courtesy of BAM Cinematek)
DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Rossen; SCR Sidney Carroll, based on the novel by Walter S. Tevis. US, 1961, b&w, 134 min. NOT RATED
Friday, April 3, 7:05; Saturday, April 4, 7:05; Sunday, April 5, 1:00
Otto Preminger's portrayal of the birth of the nation of Israel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, a Palestinian Jew who attempts to lead 600 immigrants from Cyprus to Palestine, navigate internecine struggles within his community, and build a relationship with widowed American Eva Marie Saint. Based on Leon Uris's best-selling novel, EXODUS is filmmaking on an epic scale.
DIR/PROD Otto Preminger; SCR Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Leon Uris. US, 1960, color, 208 min. NOT RATED
Saturday, April 4, 1:00; Sunday, April 5, 5:45; Monday, April 6, 7:00
THE COLOR OF MONEY
Newman won the Best Actor Oscar for this Martin Scorsese-directed reprisal of pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson, the character he vividly portrayed in THE HUSTLER. Twenty-five years later, Eddie is a Cadillac-driving, smooth-talking liquor salesman who hasn't touched a pool cue in decades until he sets eyes on up-and-comer Tom Cruise. Sensing his opportunity to break back into the big time, Eddie takes him and his ambitious girlfriend Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio under his tutelage for a shot at a big money tournament.
DIR Martin Scorsese; SCR Richard Price, based on the novel by Walter Tevis; PROD Irving Axelrad, Barbara De Fina. US, 1986, color, 119 min. RATED R
Sunday, April 5, 9:40; Tuesday, April 7, 6:30
#75 AFI 100 Years...100 Cheers
Alcoholic, ambulance-chasing Boston lawyer Paul Newman gets a chance at redemption via a malpractice suit against a Catholic hospital, but finds himself in over his head when defense attorney James Mason exploits the inherent corruption of the city's legal, medical and religious institutions for all they're worth. A major triumph for Newman and director Sidney Lumet, it remains one of the finest courtroom dramas of all time.
DIR Sidney Lumet; SCR David Mamet, based on the novel by Barry Reed; PROD David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck. US, 1982, color, 129 min. RATED R
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30; Monday, April 13, 7:00
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, Newman is at his most wicked as the despicable but magnetic Texas cowboy Hud Bannon. Money, tomcatting and fast cars are all that interest him, much to the chagrin of his upstanding life-long rancher father Melvyn Douglas. With impressionable nephew Brandon de Wilde caught in between them and Patricia Neal as the fiercely independent housekeeper looking on, the ideals of the Old West clash fiercely with new-age capitalism in this tensely emotional character study.
DIR/PROD Martin Ritt; SCR/PROD Irving Ravetch; SCR Harriet Frank, Jr., based on the novel Horseman Pass By by Larry McMurtry. US, 1963, b&w, 112 min. NOT RATED
Friday, April 10, 7:00; Saturday, April 11, 8:00; Sunday, April 12, 1:00; Tuesday, April 14, 9:20; Wednesday, April 15, 9:20
Newman teamed up with director Alfred Hitchcock for this Cold War thriller in which he plays a rocket scientist on assignment in East Germany. Julie Andrews, shedding her Mary Poppins image, is his fiancee who is inadvertently drawn into the web of intrigue and danger. A classic (yet underrated) Hitchcock espionage film, it also features one of the director's most harrowingly memorable murder scenes in which he shows just how difficult it really is to kill a man. (Note courtesy of BAM Cinematek)
DIR/PROD Alfred Hitchcock; SCR Brian Moore. US, 1966, color, 128 min. RATED PG
Friday, April 10, 9:20; Saturday, April 11, 12:30, 5:20; Sunday, April 12, 6:00
ROAD TO PERDITION
Newman's last onscreen film role also earned him his last Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor as Depression-era Irish-American mob boss John Rooney. Tom Hanks is his hit-man who loves him as a surrogate father much to the dismay of birth son Daniel Craig. When the jealous Craig attempts to murderously dispatch his rival, Hanks is forced to rethink his bonds of loyalty and goes on the lam with his young son in tow.
DIR/PROD Sam Mendes; SCR David Self, based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner; PROD Dean Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck. US, 2002, color, 117 min. RATED R
Saturday, April 11, 10:15; Sunday, April 12, 8:45; Monday, April 13, 9:30
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, or SITTING BULL'S HISTORY LESSON
Paul Newman chews the scenery as Buffalo Bill Cody, a drunk skirt-chaser who, thanks to Burt Lancaster's myth-making reportage, has become a national hero and hugely successful entertainer. Plied with liquor and flattery by press agent/handler Joel Grey, he just about keeps it together long enough to perform in his Wild West Show. But the introduction of Chief Sitting Bull gets under Bill's skin...right before President Cleveland is due to attend.
DIR/SCR/PROD Robert Altman; SCR Alan Rudolph, based on the play Indians by Arthur L. Kopit. US, 1976, color, 123 min. RATED PG
Friday, April 17, 9:10; Saturday, April 18, 10:00; Sunday, April 19, 12:30, 9:25; Wednesday, April 22, 9:20
Newman's directorial debut stars his wife Joanne Woodward as Rachel Cameron, a schoolteacher in small-town Connecticut whose spinster lifestyle is challenged by the reappearance of old classmate James Olson. Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Actress and Best Picture), RACHEL, RACHEL is a powerful, unjustly neglected character study, anchored by Woodward's moving lead performance and Newman's understated direction.
DIR/PROD Paul Newman; SCR Stewart Stern, based on A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence. US, 1968, color, 101 min. RATED R
Saturday, April 18, 12:40; Sunday, April 19, 7:20; Tuesday, April 21, 9:00
THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS
"Jesus, don't you hate the world, Matilda?" struggling single mother Joanne Woodward asks daughter Nell Potts (Woodward and Newman's real-life daughter). Woodward, much disappointed in life, neglects her domestic responsibilities in favor of more eccentric pursuits like get-rich-quick schemes and lonely hearts ads. Her rebellious youngest daughter shows distressing signs of following in her mother's footsteps, but Potts, as the bright and scholarly elder daughter, shows real promise, if she can just survive her mother's madness. Newman's direction here is sharp and sensitive, and Woodward won Best Actress at Cannes for her memorable performance.
DIR/PROD Paul Newman; SCR Alvin Sargent, based on the play by Paul Zindel. US, 1972, color, 100 min. RATED PG
Saturday, April 18, 2:45; Thursday, April 23, 7:00
Four years after the success of BUTCH CASSIDY, Paul Newman and Robert Redford reunited with director George Roy Hill for THE STING, garnering a remarkable seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture) in the process. In Depression-era Chicago, after his friend and mentor Robert Earl Jones is murdered by a New York gangster, small-time crook Redford teams up with veteran conman Newman to exact revenge in the form of a massive (and massively complicated) swindle.
DIR George Roy Hill; SCR David S. Ward; PROD Tony Bill, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips. US, 1973, color, 129 min. RATED PG
Friday, April 24, 7:00; Saturday, April 25, 7:45; Sunday, April 26, 4:00
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In one of the all-time great sports comedies, Newman stars as seasoned hockey player and coach Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop, whose minor league team can't seem to win a game. After recruiting some slightly shady players, however, they see their luck turn around with a new, winning strategy of unrestrained violence and on-ice aggression. Unrepentantly crude and uproariously funny, SLAP SHOT showcases Newman's prodigious comedic talents. (Note courtesy of BAM Cinematek)
DIR George Roy Hill; SCR Nancy Dowd; PROD Stephen Friedman, Robert J. Wunsch. US, 1977, color, 123 min. RATED R
Friday, April 24, 9:45; Saturday, April 25, 10:20; Monday, April 27, 9:30; Tuesday, April 28, 9:30; Thursday, April 30, 9:15