April 24 – 27
It’s easy to underrate Robert Redford. A generous performer whose technique too often flies below the radar and whose name is synonymous with classic good looks, he could have sustained a fruitful career without taking risks. But instead, he used his box-office clout to finance era-defining dramas and thrillers, and his parallel directing career evinces a sure command of storytelling and a feeling for characterization. Redford has also distinguished himself as a humanitarian and founder of the Sundance Film Festival, which has launched several generations of major American filmmakers. Continuing to push himself as an actor, Redford bridges the divide between the New Hollywood and the current wave of independent cinema (Time magazine recently deemed him the “Godfather of Indie Film”). The Film Society is proud to present its 2015 Chaplin Award to Robert Redford for his invaluable contributions on both sides of the camera, and invites you to join us as we show a selection of highlights from his storied career.
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TITLE: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID • PERS: NEWMAN, PAUL / REDFORD, ROBERT • YEAR: 1969 • DIR: HILL, GEORGE ROY • REF: BUT003BC • CREDIT: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / 20TH CENTURY FOX ]…
The unsung Michael Ritchie’s seminal political satire finds Redford playing an idealistic lawyer persuaded to run for Senate on his principles, convinced he has no chance of winning.
In one of his most commanding performances, Redford plays a 19th-century mountain man pitted against Native Americans, rival trappers, and unforgiving winters in his quest for solitude and peace in the wilderness.
In his first foray as director, Redford won an Oscar for his sensitive rendering of a picture-perfect suburban family torn apart by the accidental death of their eldest son. With Timothy Hutton, Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, and Elizabeth McGovern.
The fourth film Redford directed explores the scandal that rocked the nation in the late 1950s when allegations emerged that popular TV game show Twenty One was rigged. John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes appear as contestants Herb Stempel and Charles Van Doren, respectively.
Title: THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR ¥ Pers: REDFORD, ROBERT / DUNAWAY, FAYE ¥ Year: 1975 ¥ Dir: POLLACK, SYDNEY ¥ Ref: THR011AA ¥ Credit: [ PARAMOUNT / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]…
Sydney Pollack’s beloved tearjerker finds a carefree WASP (Redford) and a Marxist firebrand (Barbra Streisand) falling in and out of love amid political strife. The immortal theme song has become a Streisand standard.