The Films of Todd Haynes
April 22-May 24
In light of the recent premiere of his HBO miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce," starring Kate Winslet, this is the perfect time to take a look back at the films of Todd Haynes. The concept of identity has been a consistent theme for Haynes, who often reworks Hollywood genre forms in a way that can be described as both sympathetic and subversive. His characters occupy various states of reinvention and self-definition as they navigate conflicting public and private lives and the forces that define them from within and without.
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Inspired by the writings of Jean Genet, this film deftly interweaves a trio of transgressive tales — "Hero," "Horror" and "Homo" — with thrillingly different cinematic styles in color and black and white. Unsettling, unforgettable and thoroughly entertaining. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Todd Haynes, based on the novels of Jean Genet; PROD Christine Vachon. US, 1991, color/b&w, 85 min. RATED R
Fri, Apr 22, 9:40; Sun, Apr 24, 8:45; Mon, Apr 25, 9:45
"Best film of the decade" – The Village Voice
"Are you allergic to the 20th century?" Julianne Moore, a housewife and mother in the San Fernando Valley, finds her life of quiet comfort suddenly and strangely interrupted by an ill-defined malady. She's depressed, listless and distracted, and increasingly experiencing allergic reactions, but to what, exactly, her doctor can't say. Haynes masterfully controls the atmosphere of creeping dread beneath the complacent surfaces of suburbia, while Moore gives a sensitive and sympathetic portrayal of a woman at loose ends in her life, seduced by strange promises of new possibilities. FIPRESCI Prize — Special Mention, 1996 Rotterdam Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Todd Haynes; PROD Christine Vachon, Lauren Zalaznick. UK/US, 1995, color, 119 min. RATED R
Sat, Apr 30, 9:15; Mon, May 2, 9:20
It's 1984, and rock journalist Arthur Stuart (Christian Bale) has been assigned to investigate the fate of the chameleonic, enigmatic star Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), who faked his death onstage and may have assumed a new identity. Interviewing Slade's wives, lovers, managers and hangers-on, Stuart assembles pieces of the puzzle, revisiting Slade's colorful past and his relationship with charismatic punk rocker Curt Wild (Ewan MacGregor). Haynes takes his musical cues from T. Rex, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and, provocatively, the then recently deceased Kurt Cobain. Award for Best Artistic Contribution, 1998 Cannes Film Festival; Best Director, 1998 Edinburgh Film Festival.
DIR/SCR Todd Haynes; SCR James Lyons; PROD Christine Vachon. UK/US, 1998, color, 124 min. RATED R
Sat, May 7, 10:30; Sun, May 8, 9:40; Mon, May 9, 9:30
FAR FROM HEAVEN
Haynes' homage to Douglas Sirk's style of social critique by way of melodrama masterfully tells the story of a well-to-do suburban Connecticut couple in the 1950s, straitjacketed by convention, desperate to live the lives they really want. Dennis Quaid gives one of the best performances of his career as a closeted, alcoholic business exec, reduced to furtive couplings on the down low; his wife, Julianne Moore, is strongly attracted to their enterprising and erudite black gardener, Dennis Haysbert, but is unsure how to relate to him as a person, let alone as a woman to a man. Haynes' most celebrated film won dozens of festival and end-of-year critics awards.
DIR/SCR Todd Haynes; PROD Jody Patton; Christine Vachon. US, 2002, color, 107 min. RATED PG-13 Presented in digital format
Fri, May 13, 10:00 a.m. (Silver Babies show), 9:20; Sun, May 15, 9:15; Wed, May 18, 7:00
I'M NOT THERE
Haynes' experimental biopic of Bob Dylan employs six different actors to portray aspects and avatars of the mercurial singer-songwriter: young Marcus Carl Franklin is precocious, rail-riding hobo "Woody"; Ben Whishaw plays poet "Arthur Rimbaud"; Christian Bale is the earnest singer of protest songs; Heath Ledger is the comfortable, jaded professional pop star; Richard Gere is the aging man retreating into idiosyncrasy; and, most daring of all, Cate Blanchett is "Jude," the sardonic rocker who gave audiences what they needed if not what they wanted. The results are mind blowing, consciousness expanding and thought provoking — just like Dylan's music.
DIR/SCR Todd Haynes; SCR Oren Moverman; PROD John Goldwyn, John Sloss, James D. Stern, Christine Vachon. US/Germany, 2007, color/b&w, 135 min. RATED R
Fri, May 20, 9:10; Sat, May 21, 2:30; Tue, May 24, 8:45