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<<< October 3 - 5, 2008 >>>

Beat The Devil: The Films of John Huston

 

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"Many Irishmen divide their lives into periods when they had certain horses. When a man lives out seven or eight horses, he’s led a long life." – John Huston.

One of the most colorful, durable and brilliantly gifted figures in Hollywood history, the son of actor Walter Huston, director-actor-screenwriter John Huston (1906 – 1987) began his career at age 3 on the vaudeville circuit. Frail and sickly as a child, Huston overcame his disabilities to become an amateur boxing champion in his teens (he carried a broken nose all his life as a result, and once battled Errol Flynn to a standstill in a legendary brawl at David O. Selznick’s house). After a brief stint as an actor in New York in the 1920s, Huston turned his talents to writing; his work in the 1930s and 1940s on such films as JEZEBEL, HIGH SIERRA and SERGEANT YORK established him as one of the most sought-after screenwriters in the industry.

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After making his directorial debut with THE MALTESE FALCON in 1941, Huston followed with an astonishing run of popular and critical hits, many starring Humphrey Bogart, including ACROSS THE PACIFIC, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Supporting Actor for Huston’s father, Walter), KEY LARGO and THE AFRICAN QUEEN. He served with distinction in the Army during WWII, where he directed the classic documentary SAN PIETRO. Huston was an outspoken critic of the Communist witch hunts of the late 1940s and early 1950s, forming the Committee for the First Amendment to protect the free-speech rights of filmmakers targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Married and divorced numerous times, Huston was legendary for his appetites for drink, gambling and women. He lived for many years in magnificent splendor at his Irish country home, St. Clerans, where he became (to his great pride) Master of the local fox hunt and kept his collection of modern and pre-Columbian art. He counted among his friends such figures as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Humphrey Bogart, Carson McCullers, Pauline and Philippe de Rothschild, Orson Welles and many others. He was also a lifelong animal lover, and his homes were filled with a menagerie of dogs, cats, chimpanzees, snakes, ocelots, macaws and more.

Throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Huston remained one of the most acclaimed and bankable directors in Hollywood, with such films as THE MISFITS, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, FAT CITY, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING and WISE BLOOD to his credit. Huston also established himself as an actor with his craggy features and instantly recognizable voice in such films as MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, WINTER KILLS and (most famously) CHINATOWN. Late in his career as a director, Huston experienced a tremendous renaissance with his final three films: UNDER THE VOLCANO, PRIZZI’S HONOR and THE DEAD. John Huston passed away in 1987 at the age of 81. Huston is pictured above on the set of THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE.

 

Friday, October 3 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, 1948, Warner Bros., 126 min. Dir. John Huston. Based on the novel by famous recluse B. Traven, TREASURE stars Humphrey Bogart in one of his greatest performances as flea-bitten adventurer Fred C. Dobbs, who hooks up with fellow packrats Tim Holt and Walter Huston to search for gold in the mountains of Mexico. The film that launched a thousand imitations with the classic refrain "we don’t need no badges." Winner of Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director (John Huston) and Supporting Actor (Walter Huston). Trailer | Roger Ebert Review

FAT CITY, 1972, Sony Repertory, 100 min. Director John Huston’s tribute to damaged dreamers perfectly captures the aimless lives of couple down-and-out boxers: has-been Stacy Keach and young up-and-comer Jeff Bridges, who bond in the bars of Stockton, Calif. Together the men dream of making it big, but Huston’s distanced camera makes it clear that they’re not going anywhere. Preview | Article

 

 

Saturday, October 4 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE AFRICAN QUEEN, 1951, Paramount, 105 min. Dir. John Huston. Gin-soaked captain Humphrey Bogart decides to take pity on skinny, psalm-singing spinster Katharine Hepburn after her brother is killed in a German attack during WWI – and instead, winds up falling in love and ferrying her downriver to launch a suicidal assault on a German warship. Brilliantly adapted from the C.S. Forester novel by Huston and James Agee (with uncredited help from Peter Viertel, whose novel White Hunter, Black Heart was inspired by his time in Africa during filming), and photographed by legendary British cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Trailer | Article

PRIZZI’S HONOR, 1985, Disney, 130 min. Mob hit man Jack Nicholson falls in love with Kathleen Turner, only to learn that she too is an assassin for hire. In director John Huston’s hands this relationship between two killers becomes a hilarious parody of domesticity, until the nature of their work takes a dark, disturbing turn. William Hickey, Robert Loggia and Anjelica Huston (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar) provide solid support. View Trailer | Article

 

 

Sunday, October 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

THE MISFITS, 1961, MGM Repertory, 124 min. Dir. John Huston. Aching, elegiac drama of the vanishing American West, with Clark Gable (in his final film) as an aging cowboy who falls hard for divorceť Marilyn Monroe, while trying to round up a herd of wild mustangs with the help of former rodeo star Montgomery Clift. Beautifully scripted by Marilyn’s former husband Arthur Miller, THE MISFITS was the last completed film in Marilyn’s all-too-brief career. Article on this Film | View Trailer

MOULIN ROUGE, 1952, MGM Repertory, 119 min. Wild, wicked, wonderful Paris...all her loves, ladies and lusty legends! John Huston’s heartbreakingly romantic portrait of the infamous Parisian dance hall stars Jose Ferrer as its most famous patron, painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Co-starring Zsa Zsa Gabor as the can-can dancer who breaks Toulouse-Lautrec’s heart. Academy Award winner for art direction and costumes. More on this film. | Article

 

 

Thursday, October 9 – 7:30 PM

THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, 1975, Warner Bros., 129 min. Sean Connery and Michael Caine play a pair of adventurers who try to set themselves up as kings in a remote region by convincing the locals that Connery is a god. John Huston dreamed of adapting this Rudyard Kipling tale for decades, and the years of thought and passion show on screen: Rousing and visually sumptuous, it’s one of the director’s best films and another of his sly meditations on greed and ambition. Preview