Thu, Dec 14, 7:30PM
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Jonathan Demme's film, Philadelphia, was the first movie to address the AIDS epidemic and institutional homophobia for a mainstream audience.
Tom Hanks took home the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Andrew Beckett, a lawyer who sues when his employers dismiss him after he’s diagnosed with AIDS. Denzel Washington is equally strong as the sole attorney willing to represent Beckett. They lead an incredible cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Anna Deavere Smith, and Joanne Woodward. (1993, 126 min, 35mm)
Dec 14—Dec 17
We end 2017 with a fond remembrance of filmmaker Jonathan Demme through two of his great works, Philadelphia (1993) and Storefront Hitchcock (1998).
Demme, who passed away in April 2017, began his career, like many of his contemporaries, under the guidance of legendary low-budget producer Roger Corman before becoming one of Hollywood’s greatest humanists. The trademarks of Demme’s style—a generous engagement with the humanity of his characters, extensive use of penetrating close-ups, and an innate understanding of music’s cinematic qualities—are all captured in this short but powerful series.
Sun, Dec 17, 4PM: Storefront Hitchcock, by Jonathan Demme
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