My Darling Clementine. Image courtesy of 20TH CENTURY FOX / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.
Starting on Friday, Film Society of Lincoln Center will build on our popular 2010 retrospective with Fasten Your Seatbelts (Part 2): 20th Century Fox! The series covers a broad range of the studio's output, from Golden Age classics to modern favorites.
“The Fasten Your Seatbelts film series offer a great opportunity for both dedicated cinephiles and casual film fans to sit side-by-side and enjoy films that have stood the test of time and continue to entertain today,” said Programming Associate Josh Strauss. “This time, with our spotlight shining on 20th Century Fox, anyone would be hard pressed not to find a favorite amongst this group of films, all presented in fine fashion via new digital restorations or pristine 35mm prints projected on the grand Walter Reade Theater screen.”
Classic Hollywood is well represented with picks like two of John Ford's greatest works: The Grapes of Wrath and My Darling Clementine. The former stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad in an adaptation of the classic Steinbeck novel, while the latter casts Fonda as Wyatt Earp in what many consider to be Ford's best Western. The series will also feature another 40s classic with Otto Preminger's Laura, a classic film noir featuring Gene Tierney and an unforgettable main theme which has been recorded by artists from Frank Sinatra to Carly Simon.
Director Jerry Schatzberg will be in person for a Q&A following a screening of The Panic in Needle Park, which stars Al Pacino and Kitty Winn (in a Cannes award-winning role) as heroin addicts in Lindsay-era New York City.
3 Women. 20TH CENTURY FOX / THE KOBAL COLLECTION.
Viewers can catch another classic song during Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the film that immortalized Burt Bacharach's “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” Butch Cassidy was the biggest box office hit of 1969 and the effortless chemistry of Paul Newman and Robert Redford continues to charm today. If Butch Cassidy stands as one of the best studio films of the '60s, our later offering, The French Connection, offers a look at the gritty risk-taking of 70s New Hollywood. The Gene Hackman starrer features one of the most exciting car chases on film, as well as an enigmatic performance from Luis Buñuel regular Fernando Rey.
For the strangest of our 70s films, be sure to check out Robert Altman's 3 Women. Though best known for sprawling, talkative ensemble pieces, this surreal drama (based on a dream Altman had) focuses on the unsettling relationship betwen two women played by Sissy Spaceck and Shelley Duvall, resulting in a work that could be seen as an American response to Bergman's Persona. The film is also one of five being presented on beautiful studio library 35mm prints, alongside The Boston Strangler starring Tony Curtis, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry starring Peter Fonda, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte starring Bette Davis, and The Snake Pit starring Olivia de Haviland.
Director Spotlight: Robert Altman
3 WOMEN (1977) 124min
Director: Robert Altman
At an isolated desert health spa for the elderly, three young women (Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Janice Rule) form an unusual bond. Fascinating, pathetic, bizarre, and real, this is Altman’s most psychologically haunting, offbeat, and visually captivating film.
August 10 at 6:30PM
Composer Spotlight: Alfred Newman
ANASTASIA (1956) 105min
Director: Anatole Litvak
Returning to Hollywood after years of working with husband Roberto Rossellini in Italy, Ingrid Bergman dazzled American mainstream audiences with her portrayal of a recovering amnesiac with a striking resemblance to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, rumored to be executed by the Bolsheviks. This timeless classic co-Star’s Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes.
August 15 at 6:15PM
Art Director Spotlight: Richard Day
BLOOD AND SAND (1941) 125min
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Based on the 1909 Spanish novel Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena) by Vincente Blasco Ibanez, this lush classic stars Tyrone Power as Juan Gallardo, a peasant who rises to fame and fortune in the bull arenas of Madrid. Linda Darnell, Rita Hayworth, and Anthony Quinn co-star in this early Technicolor spectacle.
August 11 at 8:30PM
Actor Spotlight: Tony Curtis
THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968) 116min
Director: Richard Fleischer
Tony Curtis gives what many consider to be his best performance since SOME LIKE IT HOT with a very dark turn as the mentally unstable Albert DeSalvo in this slick manhunt to find the most talked about serial killer in the nation. Henry Fonda and George Kennedy co-star as the head investigators assigned to track down the killer.
August 10 at 4:00PM
Composer Spotlight: Burt Bacharach
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969) 110min
Director: George Roy Hill
Paul Newman and Robert Redford portray outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and show off their flair for perfect comedic timing as they pull off one heist after another in what proved to be the biggest box office hit of 1969.
August 9 at 5:30PM
Actor Spotlight: Peter Fonda
DIRTY MARY CRAZY LARRY (1974) 93min
Director: John Hough
In Fox’s most popular release of 1974, would-be race car driver Larry (Peter Fonda) and his mechanic Deke (Adam Roark) pull off a major grocery store heist, but must keep one step ahead of the law in a high-speed, muscle car romp across California.
August 15 at 8:30PM
Cinematographer Spotlight: Owen Roizman
THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) 104min
Director: William Friedkin
Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Friedkin’s crime thriller is an enduring classic and features one of the most memorable and exhilarating car chases in cinema, shot under the elevated B train in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
August 12 at 9:00PM
Actor Spotlight: Henry Fonda
THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940) 129min
Director: John Ford
Forced off their land during The Dust Bowl, the Joad family’s journey from Oklahoma to California is depicted in this historic film version of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era masterpiece.
August 11 at 5:45PM
Actress Spotlight: Bette Davis
HUSH… HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE (1964) 133min
Director: Robert Aldrich
Following the hugely successful WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, Aldrich reunited Bette Davis and Joan Crawford only to have Davis intentionally push Crawford out, replacing her with friend Olivia de Havilland who ends up shining in the role of Miriam. This glorious melodramatic chiller follows a Southern woman’s (Davis) mysterious descent into madness after the return of her cousin (de Havilland). Costarring Joseph Cotton and the legendary Agnes Moorehead.
August 11 at 3:00PM
Director Spotlight: Michael Mann
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (Director’s Cut) (1992) 114min
Director: Michael Mann
At the height of the battle between the British and the French for control of the American colonies frontiersman Hawkeye (Daniel-Day Lewis) saves two newly arrived Englishsettling sisters. Michael Mann’s cut of his critically acclaimed stylish production digitally restored is a rare big screen event.
August 9 at 7:45PM
Actress Spotlight: Gene Tierney
LAURA (1944) 88min
Director: Otto Preminger
Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) has been murdered, and as NYC detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates, he finds that everyone seems to be in love with her—eventually he, too, gradually falls under her spell. Otto Preminger's classic noir mystery received four Academy Award nominations, including a win for Best Cinematography.
August 11 at 1:00PM
Director Spotlight: John Ford
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) 97min
Director: John Ford
In what many consider John Ford’s best Western, Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) is forced to deal with town criminals while tracking down and bringing to justice the men who killed his brothers. With help from Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), Earp's pursuit ultimately involves the history-making confrontation at the O.K. Corral.
August 14 at 6:15PM
Director Spotlight: Jerry Schatzberg
THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK (1971) 110min
Director: Jerry Schatzberg
The nickname for Sherman Square Park on 72nd and Broadway and a haven for junkies during the John Lindsay New York City mayoral years, THE PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK follows Bobby (Al Pacino) and Helen (Kitty Winn) through the cold, corrupt powerlessness of their addiction to heroin.
August 12 at 6:15PM
Jerry Schatzberg will attend and participate in a post-screening Q&A.
Actress Spotlight: Olivia de Havilland
THE SNAKE PIT (1948) 108min
Director: Anatole Litvak
After three months of grueling research in which the entire cast and crew visited various mental institutions, director Anatole Litvak created a landmark drama depicting the brutal and ignorant regimentation of mental institution staff during the 40s and 50s. The film’s release would go on to spark important policy changes in the running of suchinstitutions.
August 14 at 8:30PM
Actress Spotlight: Joanne Woodward
THE THREE FACES OF EVE (1957) 91min
Director: Nunnally Johnson
Joanne Woodward portrays Eve Black, Eve White, and Jane in a star-making performance that earned her critical acclaim and the 1958 Academy Award for Best Actress. This small town drama focuses on the disturbing effects of multiple personality disorder, now known as Dissociative Identity Disorder.
August 13 at 6:00PM
Director Spotlight: Mark Robson
VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (1967) 123min
Director: Mark Robson
The film version of Jacqueline Susann’s novel is “camp” at its best. We follow the rise and fall of three starlets that succumb to dark mascara, liquid eyeliner and prescription pills. Patty Duke’s singing scenes alone make the film a must-see, especially on the big screen with an audience.
August 10 at 9:00PM