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Greetings, fellow film lovers.
We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and we're excited to bring you one more week of cinematic treasures before we go on winter break. Tonight (Wednesday, 12/1, 7:30pm) it's HUD (Martin Ritt, 1963), starring Paul Newman as the titular anti-hero. The film is an adaptation of a 1961 novel by Larry McMurtry - who passed away earlier this year, and whose work we are celebrating this week. The cinematography by James Wong Howe (SECONDS) is superb, and featured in the documentary VISIONS OF LIGHT which we screened earlier in the semester.
We then screen another B&W, 35mm print of a movie based on a McMurtry novel on Friday (12/3, 7:30pm): THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971). This time out the cinematography is by Robert Surtees (THE GRADUATE) and features the work of Jeff Bridges in his first major role - one that got him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Speaking of the Academy Awards, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (James L. Brooks, 1983) screens on Saturday (12/4, 7:30pm), and will also be on 35mm film. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won five, and features a "who's who" of big stars.
Rounding off our memoriam for McMurtry on Sunday (12/5, 2pm) is BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Ang Lee, 2005), based on a short story by Annie Proulx. McMurtry co-wrote the script with Diana Ossana. They both won an Oscar for their screenplay adaptation (the film was nominated for eight awards, and won three, including Original Score and Directing).
Next week I'll share some exciting news about the Spring IFS season. Until then, don't miss out on your chance to see rare celluloid treats this week and on Muenzinger's big screen.
See you there.