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Series compiled by:  Dennis Bartok, Gwen Deglise & Chris D.

 

 

Special Thanks to: Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; John Kirk, Irene Ramos & Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA.

 

 

 

 

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<<< December 17-18, 2004 >>>

Slow Burn: An In Person Tribute to JEFF BRIDGES

 

From his gleeful recklessness in BAD COMPANY, RANCHO DELUXE and THE BIG LEBOWSKI through his edgy, complex performances in THE FISHER KING, FEARLESS and now DOOR IN THE FLOOR, Jeff Bridges has transformed the natural in acting into his own, nearly invisible art form. Critic Pauline Kael has noted that Bridges "may be the most natural and least self-conscious screen actor that ever lived." Ironically, while Bridges has progressed from one brilliant role to the next, he has also remained the most elusive actor of his generation: that genuine rarity, a star without a fixed persona.

Born in Los Angeles in 1949, the son of actor Lloyd and actress Dorothy (Simpson), Bridges first appeared in walk-on parts on his father’s "Sea Hunt" TV series. But critics didn’t sit up and take notice until Peter Bogdanovich cast him as brash high school football-star Duane in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, a role which led to a long run of hilariously offbeat performances in films such as RANCHO DELUXE and HEARTS OF THE WEST. It wasn’t until his startling transformation as drifter/gigolo in CUTTER’S WAY that Bridges began the transition to the darker, more self-contained characters of recent years.

As remarkable as his performances is Bridges’ insistence on choosing hard-edged, often defiantly non-commercial material, and repeatedly working with first-time directors, including Michael Cimino (THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT), William Richert (WINTER KILLS) and Steve Kloves (THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS). Bridges has commented that he likes that, "the audience is never sure what I’m capable of," and in his best roles there is a deceptive slow burn at work – most recently Walter Hill’s WILD BILL and Mark Pellington’s ARLINGTON ROAD come to mind – an intensity barely masked by the natural, easy-going exterior. In Bridges’ latest, Tod Williams’ DOOR IN THE FLOOR, he "…turns a two-dimensional image into a presence so vital, so filled with breath and blood, that you uneasily fall in love with his character and abandon all thought of the artifice that brought it to life." (Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times.)

The American Cinematheque is very excited to welcome actor Jeff Bridges in-person for a two night tribute to his outstanding achievements as a performer.

 

Friday, December 17 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, 2004, Focus Features, 111 min. Adapted from John Irving’s novel, "A Widow For One Year," director Tod Williams supplies a frank, riveting character study of a Long Island couple, Marion (Kim Basinger) and Ted (Jeff Bridges) as they go through the agonizing aftermath of the death of their two sons. Dysfunction mushrooms in tragedy’s wake as both characters deal with their despondency in different ways and try desperately to find a path back to "normalcy." With Mimi Rogers, Jon Foster. "Extraordinary in every way, from the pitch-perfect performances to the delicate handling of explosive subject matter…" –Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.

THE FISHER KING, 1991, Columbia/Tri-Star, 137 min. Jeff Bridges pulls out all the stops as a shattered radio dee-jay trying to escape self-pity and remorse, and Robin Williams is the sanity-challenged homeless vagabond who helps him in director Terry Gilliam’s modern fable of love and redemption. "I had doubts that I could do it – although, just uttering those words sealed my fate." – Jeff Bridges. Co-starring Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer. Discussion between films with Jeff Bridges.

 

Saturday, December 18 – 6:00 PM

Double Feature: THE BIG LEBOWSKI, 1998, Universal, 117 min. Dir. Joel Coen. Joel & Ethan Coen did it again, creating another wildly funny, absurdist shaggy dog saga in this tale of an easygoing forty-something hippie, The Dude (perfectly cast Jeff Bridges) who decides to seek satisfaction when he’s mistaken by some hoods for his uptight, multi-millionaire namesake, Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). Enlisting the help of best bowling buddies, short-fuse ‘Nam vet Walter (a brilliantly misguided John Goodman) and wimpy Donny (Steve Buscemi), The Dude is determined to get to the bottom of the confusion of identities, charting him on course with the other Lebowski’s eccentric sculptress wife, Maude (Julianne Moore) as well as mob boss, Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara). Watch out for the German-Kraftwerk-clones, The Nihilists (Peter Stormare, Flea, Torsten Voges), not to mention pedophile bowling champ, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro)!

THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS, 1989, 20th Century Fox, 113 min. Dir. Steve Kloves. Jeff Bridges plays lounge lizard Jack Baker, one half of a jazz duo partnership with brother Frank (Beau Bridges). The pair’s mutual equilibirium is sent teeter-tottering when they take-on a sexy chanteuse, Suzy Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) to augment their act. Bridges plays Jack with a moral and physical exhaustion bordering on contempt – when he finally cracks a smile at Pfeiffer’s wise-ass Suzy, it’s like a man returning from the dead. With Ellie Raab, Jennifer Tilly. Discussion between films with Jeff Bridges.