March 21-23: Northwest Film Center Presents a Tribute to Robert Altman

From the Northwest Film Center

The Northwest Film Center presents:
IT DON'T WORRY ME: A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT ALTMAN

In a career that spanned five decades, Robert Altman (1925 – 2006) left no genre untouched Scorning the emotional dishonesty of typical Hollywood formula pictures, he aggressively sought to subvert, innovate and reinvent the very boundaries of filmmaking. Ever the cinema's malcontent, Altman employed unorthodox methods such as overlapping dialogue, semi-improvisatory techniques, and documentary style camera work to realize his now-trademark vision of cinematic verisimilitude.

Listings after the jump

MAR 21 FRI 7 PM
BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS
US 1976
With his hugely popular Wild West Show, Buffalo Bill Cody (Paul Newman) has achieved legendary status as a hunter, scout, and Indian fighter. But in reality, Cody wears a wig, can no longer shoot straight, and rigs his well-choreographed battles so that he is always the victor. But so blurred is the line between performance and reality that Cody himself believes in the persona he has created. Capitalizing on the opportunity provided by the American bicentennial, Altman lambastes the American myth of heroism and transforms a revisionist western into a sly commentary on show business. (123 mins.)

MAR 22 SAT 7 PM
MCCABE & MRS MILLER
US 1971
Suspicious of the emotional falsehood inherent in most Hollywood genre films, Altman subverts the hyperbole of the typical western with MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER. Warren Beatty and Julie Christie star as the title characters, one a hopeful entrepreneur, the other an opium-addicted courtesan, both newly arrived to a burgeoning mining camp in the Pacific Northwest. After McCabe turns down a potentially lucrative business proposition, the sanctity of the settlement is forever altered. Featuring songs by Leonard Cohen and lush cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond, MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER is one of Altman's most beautifully realized films. (121 mins.)

MAR 23 SUN 7 PM
A WEDDING
US 1978
Two wealthy families-one, conservative Southern “new money,” the other with ties to the Mafia-are brought together by the marriage of their children, but not everything is golden on this happy occasion. The senile bishop flubs his ceremonial speech, the groom's grandmother drops dead, parents are exposed as drunks and drug addicts, and the bride's sister is revealed to be pregnant by the groom. In this irreverent black comedy, Altman turns his trademark iconoclasm on the institution of marriage and indulges his predilection for myriad characters and multiple, overlapping plot lines. (125 mins.)

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW Park Ave.
Admission Prices: $7.00 General, $6.00 Members, Students, Seniors

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3 Responses to March 21-23: Northwest Film Center Presents a Tribute to Robert Altman

  1. Ed March 20, 2008 at 16:30 #

    Anyone know if they’re screening film prints or DVDs?

  2. Julian Chadwick March 20, 2008 at 18:27 #

    Hi,

    I messaged Jessica at the NWFC to find out.

  3. Jessica March 23, 2008 at 10:40 #

    We are screening 35mm prints only!

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