Dec. 16-19 WFS: Films of John Cazale

| December 15, 2010

The Webster Film Series this weekend kicks off “Five for Five: The Films of John Cazale,” beginning Thursday night with I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale and continuing Friday through Sunday with The Godfather.

Cazale’s film career consisted of just five movies, but all of them were Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter.

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

(Richard Shepard, 2009, USA, 48 min)
December 16 at 7:30pm

An exploration into the life of the exceptional but little-known actor John Cazale. Cazale’s film career consisted of just five movies, but all of them were Academy Award nominees for Best Picture: The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer Hunter. He is remembered by his colleagues (Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, et al) as one of the brightest talents of his generation, but yet, after just three decades since his promising career ended with his untimely death, Cazale is largely unknown to the general public. I Knew It Was You seeks to remedy the disparity of Cazale’s success with his relative anonymity.

The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972, USA, 175 min.)

December 17, 18 & 19 at 7:00pm

Coppola’s celebrated and endlessly quotable gangster revival pic changed the landscape of American film, ushering in an era of epic movie making and empowerment for “The Director.”  The rich brassy environs of this moody period piece present the aging patriarch (Marlon Brando) of an organized crime dynasty as he transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son (Al Pacino).  The tangled web of il familia obligation and the complexities of human nature are at the heart of Coppala’s masterpiece, that and a tour de force of technique from Gordon Willis’ Rembrandtesque cinematography, to the detailed Production Design of Dean Tavoularis and masterful editing of William Reynolds & Peter Zinner.  Presented in restored 35 mm print.

For more information please visit: www.webster.edu/filmseries

Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors, students from other schools and Webster alumni, and $4 for Webster University staff and faculty unless otherwise noted.  All films screened in Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO unless noted.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission; the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis; and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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