Meaningful Motion: The Early Films of Walter Hill

5/30/07 to 6/27/07

By turns hip, heroic, and harrowing, Walter Hill's mid-seventies films demolish genres and rebuild them anew with a virtuosic construction of cinematic space. Join us for early features like Hard Times, The Driver, and The Long Riders, which offer propulsive stories peopled by taciturn outlaws, and graceful storytelling that privileges fluidity over formula, acceleration over anecdote.

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  • Streets of Fire

    • Wednesday, June 27 7:30pm

    Hill's self-described “rock and roll fable” uses music as the basis for an anarchic, neon-lit allegory in which rocker Diane Lane is kidnapped by gang leader Willem Dafoe and maniacal sidekick Lee Ving. “If this isn't action cinema in its purest form, then it's pretty close.”-Time Out

  • The Long Riders

    • Wednesday, June 20 7:30pm

    Hill rounded up the Brothers Carradine, Keach, and Quaid for his up-to-date oater about the daring exploits of Jesse James and his gang. “Hill understands the poetry of horses and guns and big skies. He understands how to make movie magic.”-Boston Phoenix

  • The Warriors

    • Wednesday, June 13 7:30 pm

    Gangs run wild in a lurid pre-Giuliani New York in Hill's urban rendition of Xenophon's Anabasis. More mythmaking than social realism, the film nevertheless prompted real-life street fights on its release in 1979. “A real moviemaker's movie.”-New Yorker

  • The Driver

    • Wednesday, June 6 7:30pm

    Walter Hill in Person. Hill's burnt-rubber ode to professional cool pits The Detective (Bruce Dern) against The Driver (Ryan O'Neal) and The Player (Isabelle Adjani). "A combination of brilliantly edited car chases and existential thriller which recalls the somberness of Melville and the spareness of Leone."-Time Out

  • Hard Times

    • Wednesday, May 30 7:30pm

    Hill's directorial debut casts Charles Bronson as a laconic bare-knuckle fighter in Depression-era New Orleans, with James Coburn and Strother Martin as his partners in hardscrabble hustle. “On its own pulp terms, Hard Times is a triumph.”-New Yorker