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FILMS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OTHER CATEGORIES YET MERIT THEIR OWN SCREENINGS

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The Hustler
USA, 1961, 134 min., B/W

Originally a screenwriter, Robert Rossen directed several stylistically impressive postwar movies including BODY AND SOUL (1947) starring John Garfield as a boxer pressured to take a dive; and ALL THE KINGS MEN(1949), from Robert Penn’s Warren’s novel about political corruption, which won Best Picture.

Soon after, he ran afoul of HUAC witch-hunters, resisted for a time, and then took a dive. Rossen surely identified with Paul Newman’s pool-shooting ‘Fast’ Eddie Felson, a man squeezed between dangerous forces and his own ambitions. THE HUSTLER looks and feels like the last ‘40s Film Noir, its oppressive visuals set off by brilliant performances.

Alongside Newman’s brooding lead is Piper Laurie as his tragic love, a coiled George C. Scott as a shifty gambler, and comedian Jackie Gleason in a subtle dramatic part.

Cast member and special guest Piper Laurie will attend this screening.
— Rick Worland
Screenings
Director
Robert Rossen
Screenwriter
Sidney Carroll, Robert Rossen, Based On the novel by Walter Tevis
Producer
Robert Rossen
Cinematographer
Eugen Sch├╝fftan
Editor
Dede Allen
Music
Kenyon Hopkins
Production Design
Harry Horner
Cast
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott

Director Bio

Robert Rossen is an award-winning Hollywood writer, director and producer whose career spanned nearly three decades. Rossen started his film career as a screenwriter for Warner Bros in the the 1930s before going on to direct several postwar movies including BODY AND SOUL (1947) and the Academy Award-winning film, ALL THE KING’S MEN (1949). THE HUSTLER was also nominated for nine Oscars, and took home two.

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