Thursday, March 24, 2011

TIFF Cinematheque Presents Night Moves: The Films of Arthur Penn, March 24-April 6

Tonight, TIFF Bell Lightbox begins a retrospective of the works of director Arthur Penn who recently passed away on September 28, 2010 at the age of 88. He was a leading director during the 60s and 70s. His Nouvelle Vague-influenced Bonnie and Clyde is considered a groundbreaking work that paved the way for the Golden Age of 1970s films.

In addition to Bonnie and Clyde, the works featured in this series are Alice’s Restaurant, The Chase, Four Friends, The Left Handed Gun, Little Big Man, Mickey One, The Miracle Worker, The Missouri Breaks and Night Moves. Actors in these works include Paul Newman, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

Night Moves: The Films of Arthur Penn runs until April 6.

TIFF Cinematheque Presents Night Moves: The Films of Arthur Penn

March 24 - April 6 at TIFF Bell Lightbox

“I’m known mainly for making movies about people shooting and cutting each other up,” remarked Arthur Penn of his own body of work. In Hollywood, Penn emerged as the American filmmaker most directly influenced by the New Wave, with the existential paranoia of Mickey One and the form-shattering jolt of Bonnie and Clyde (a movie famously passed on by both Godard and Truffaut). On the occasion of his recent passing, we salute this giant of cinema—and longtime friend of the Film Society—with a retrospective.

Alice’s Restaurant

Hunted, jailed, and then drafted into the army to be shipped to Vietnam, a hapless hippie must rely on his community of often stoned friends to save him from the recruiting board.

Bonnie and Clyde

A landmark film about the exploits of famed Depression-era outlaws, Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde (Warren Beatty).

The Chase

When the news that “Bubber” Reeves (Robert Redford), a soulful renegade, has broken out of prison to head home to his wife (Jane Fonda), his backwater Texan town turns into a frenzy of accusation and mob violence.

Four Friends

Arthur Penn’s last great film, which traces the social upheavals of the 1960s through a tight-knit quartet of high school friends.

The Left Handed Gun

After infamous Billy the Kid’s friend and mentor, a cattle rancher known as “The Englishman,” is murdered, the desperado wreaks vengeance with his “left handed gun,” a mission that turns into something of a spree.

Little Big Man

Dustin Hoffman ages from 17 to 121 as the eponymous protagonist of Penn’s picaresque, politically pointed Western adventure.

Mickey One

An eponymous nightclub comic (Warren Beatty) finds himself on the run from a shadowy underworld organization - or perhaps, on the run from the shadow cast by his own celebrity.

The Miracle Worker

An electrifying screen translation of Penn's 1959 successful Broadway play about the story of Helen Keller - a masterful study of language, communication, and human will.

The Missouri Breaks

A lyrical comic western about a cattle thief Tom Logan (Jack Nicholson), who plots revenge on the wealthy land baron who murdered a member of his gang.

Night Moves

Gene Hackman stars as an ex-football star turned private eye, whose dogged investigation of a possible murder leads him to a boat called the Point of View and the belated realization that some mysteries are best left unsolved.

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