Arthur Penn, A Liberal Helping

6/10/11 to 6/29/11

The films of director Arthur Penn (1922–2010) are distinguished by an emphasis on strong performance, fluidity of setting, and empathy for cultural moods. Bonnie and Clyde (1967), his modern take on the gangster film, helped break the stranglehold of the studio system and usher in a new era of filmmakers, including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, and Paul Schrader.

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  • The Missouri Breaks

    • Wednesday, June 29 7:00 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1976). A gaudy Marlon Brando delivers one of his most outrageous performances as a cross-dressing gunslinger hired by a cattle baron to rid the range of rustlers. Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid co-star as his laid-back, incompetent prey. (126 mins)

  • Little Big Man

    • Sunday, June 26 5:30 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1970). Dustin Hoffman stars in Penn's savage anti-war satire, involving a young man raised by the Cheyenne caught up in General Custer's mad last stand. “An enduring satire, a comedy with a sharp historical edge” (Scott Simmons). (139 mins)

  • Night Moves

    • Sunday, June 26 8:10 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1975). A low-rate L.A. private eye (Gene Hackman) heads to the Florida Keys to search for a runaway girl (Melanie Griffith), but finds secrets that are far more deadly than expected, in Penn's atmospheric, paranoid neo-noir. (99 mins)

  • Alice's Restaurant

    • Saturday, June 18 6:00 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1969). Introduced by Nat Segaloff. Folksinger Arlo Guthrie stars as “Arlo,” a singer trying to make sense of the Vietnam War and government bureaucracy, with a little help from the misfits at Alice's converted church, in Penn's gentle portrait of the sixties generation. (111 mins)

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    • Saturday, June 18 8:40 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1967). Introduced by Nat Segaloff. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway make a beautiful, deadly Bonnie and Clyde in Arthur Penn's infamous sixties revisionist gangster flick, which in 1967 made the cover of Time as "The New Cinema: Violence . . . Sex . . . Art." (111 mins)

  • The Chase

    • Thursday, June 16 7:00 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1966). Robert Redford escapes from prison, and finds more than the law on his tail: there's his hometown sheriff (Marlon Brando), as well as an oil tycoon wanting to kill him. Jane Fonda and Angie Dickinson co-star in Penn's lusty, gripping melodrama about small-town Texas crude. (135 mins)

  • The Miracle Worker

    • Sunday, June 12 5:30 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1962). Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft both won Oscars for their performances as the blind/deaf Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, the woman who teaches her to communicate. Penn's miraculously unsentimental drama is “a stunningly impressive piece of work” (Time Out). (106 mins)

  • Mickey One

    • Sunday, June 12 7:30 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1965). Introduced by David Thomson. Warren Beatty is a Detroit nightclub comic on the lam from unknown thugs in Penn's masterful existential noir, set in the seedy gin joints and end-of-the-road clubs of a shattered urban America. “A jazzy blend of film noir and Federico Fellini” (Village Voice). (93 mins)

  • The Left Handed Gun

    • Friday, June 10 9:00 PM

    Arthur Penn (U.S., 1958). A simmering, swaggering Paul Newman is a not-so-iconic, nearly feral Billy the Kid in Penn's revisionist Western, based on a teleplay by Gore Vidal. (105 mins)