David Mamet is one of the most
original forces in American cinema and theatre with a distinctive voice that's instantly
recognizable in works such as GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, AMERICAN BUFFALO, and HOUSE
OF GAMES. Yet he's also a Hollywood craftsman in the best sense of the classical
studio style, with a range that encompasses large-scale action (HEIST, SPARTAN),
whimsical comedy (THINGS CHANGE, STATE AND MAIN), and even Hitchcockian suspense (THE
Join us for a selection of the writer-director's finest films,
including a sneak preview of his newest film at which he will be present In-Person.
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$20, any available seat for performances May 11 to 22. (Regular price: $40). Subject to
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Thursday, April 17 7:30 PM
of David Mamets latest film RED BELT, just about to be
released. 2008, Sony Pictures Classics, 99 min. View Trailer. Read an Interview with
Mamet. Discussion following with director David
Friday, April 18 7:30 PM
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, 1992, New Line Cinema, 100 min. David
Mamet adapts his own Pulitzer-winning play about a night in the life of some very
desperate real estate salesmen, and the result is an American masterpiece. Al Pacino
is the smooth-as-silk office champ and Jack Lemmon is a haunted, pathetic has-been
who sees his livelihood slipping away before his very eyes in this tragic yet hilarious
dissection of what men will do to survive in a cutthroat business world. James Foley directs
a spectacular cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin
AMERICAN BUFFALO, 1996, MGM Repertory, 88 min.
FEDERAL HILL director Michael Corrente helms this absorbing film version of Mamet's
acclaimed play (like GLENGARRY, adapted by Mamet himself), in which three low-level
thieves plan an ill-advised robbery. Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz and Sean
Nelson are all excellent in this smart, observant character study.
Saturday, April 19 7:30 PM
THE SPANISH PRISONER, 1997, Jean Doumanian
Productions, 110 min. Campbell Scott plays an inventor worried that the company he
works for is going to steal his work; Steve Martin is the enigmatic businessman
Scott meets as he gets drawn into a web of psychological suspense. Mamet applies his
unique sensibility to a Hitchcockian framework, and the result is a one-of-a-kind thriller
that is utterly unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining.
HEIST, 2001, Warner Bros, 109 min. Gene Hackman, Delroy
Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon and Ricky Jay are members of an expert criminal gang who
are longer on talent than they are on trust -- especially when new member Sam Rockwell
and fence Danny DeVito get involved in the crew's last big heist. In one of the
great action films of the decade (with wall-to-wall quotable dialogue), Mamet presents one
of his most compelling studies yet of betrayal and its consequences.
Wednesday, April 23 7:30 PM
HOUSE OF GAMES, 1987, MGM Repertory, 102 min. David
Mamet made one of the most stunning directorial debuts in American film history with
this razor-sharp analysis of con games and the men who play them. Lindsay Crouse
plays a psychiatrist and author who's tired of just treating criminal patients and writing
about them -- she wants to experience some illicit thrills herself. She finds what she's
looking for in the form of con artist Joe Mantegna, who draws Crouse into his world
and gives her a lot more than she bargained for.
Wednesday, April 23 9:30 PM
HOMICIDE, 1991, Pressman Films, 102 min. Dir. David Mamet.
A troubled cop (Mamet regular Joe Mantegna, in a brilliant performance) comes to
terms with his Jewish identity while working a case that puts him at the mercy of Jewish
terrorists as well as his own bosses in the police department. This provocative thriller
represents Mamet at his most socially engaged, as he takes on larger political and ethical
issues than ever before in his film work. Free Screening.