Tribute to Director Producer Irwin Winkler
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In a career as celebrated as it is accomplished, director and
producer, Irwin Winkler, commands a distinguished reputation in the motion picture
industry as one of its most progressive and honored filmmakers. Winkler's films have
garnered four Academy Award Best Picture nominations including ROCKY, RAGING BULL, THE
RIGHT STUFF and GOODFELLAS. ROCKY walked away with the Best Picture Oscar in l976.
In total, Winkler's filmography has amassed 12 Academy Awards and 45 nominations. Most
recently he added the Golden Globe and Grammy nominated DE-LOVELY about the life of Cole
Porter and starring Kevin Kline.
After a highly successful and celebrated career as a screen
producer, Winkler decided to conquer new worlds. He made his directorial debut in l989
with an original screenplay he wrote about the Hollywood blacklisting era, GUILTY BY
SUSPICION starring Robert DeNiro and Annette Bening, which became the official United
States entry that year at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed by directing and producing
such films as NIGHT AND THE CITY with DeNiro and Jessica Lange, THE NET starring Sandra
Bullock, AT FIRST SIGHT with Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, the critically acclaimed Kevin
Kline starrer LIFE AS A HOUSE and DE-LOVELY. In 2004 the Cannes Film Festival feted
DE-LOVELY as the closing night gala event. No newcomer to Cannes Film Festival honors,
Winkler and then partner Robert Chartoff, had three of their films entered in l970 with
LEO THE LAST winning Best Director for John Boorman, STRAWBERRY STATEMENT receiving the
Jury Award, and THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY garnering the closing night honors.
Winkler also produced such great films as Richard Fleischer's THE NEW CENTURIONS, Karel
Reisz' THE GAMBLER, Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK, Bertrand Tavernier's 'ROUND
MIDNIGHT and Costa-Gavras' THE MUSIC BOX. His latest directorial effort is the
much-anticipated HOME OF THE BRAVE. Please join us for this In-Person tribute to an
Thursday, December 7 - 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! Irwin Winkler In-Person!
HOME OF THE BRAVE, 2006, MGM,
105 min. Dir. Irwin Winkler. From Academy Award winner Irwin Winkler comes
the story of four American soldiers nearing the end of their tours of duty in Iraq.
Shortly after learning their unit will soon return home, they are sent on one final
humanitarian mission to bring medical supplies to a remote Iraqi village. The unit is
ambushed and takes heavy losses. The surviving troops suffer both physical and
psychological injuries. Now, as they return to the United States, the four soldiers must
face memories of the past as they return to civilian life and look towards the future.
With Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
and Brian Presley. Discussion following with director
Friday, December 8 - 7:30 PM
Irwin Winkler In-Person!
GOODFELLAS, 1990, Warner Bros., 145
min. Irwin Winkler produced this quintessential mob epic directed by Martin
Scorsese and based on Nicholas Pileggis Wiseguy. Ray Liotta
stars as Henry Hill, a real life mobster, whose captivating narration rivals that of
previous Scorsese anti-hero, Travis Bickle. Joe Pesci won an Oscar for Best
Supporting Actor as charismatic sociopath, Tommy DeVito, and Robert DeNiro shines
as the brutal Jimmy Conway. Filled with memorable characters, a wealth of atmosphere,
beautiful tracking shots (cinematographer Michael Bauhaus), and, as always, an amazing
Scorsese soundtrack. The all star cast also includes Lorraine Bracco, Paul
Sorvino, Frank Vincent and even a young Michael Imperioli ("The
Sopranos") in the short, but memorable, role of Spider.
THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T
THEY? 1969, Disney, 120 min. Based on the hardboiled novel by Horace McCoy,
director Sydney Pollacks horrifying character study takes place during a
claustrophobic, depression era dance marathon. Michael Sarrazin and Jane Fonda
are the tragic couple determined to make it into the home stretch to win the much-needed
prize money. With an Academy Award-winning performance by Gig Young as the marathon
emcee. Co-starring Susannah York, Red Buttons, Bruce Dern, Severn Dardin, and Al
Lewis. Discussion in between films
with producer Irwin Winkler.