WE WERE STRANGERS & ONE-EYED JACKS
Thursday, August 22
WE WERE STRANGERS
1:35 6:20 Buy Tickets
(1949, John Huston) Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, and Gilbert Roland team up for assassinations amid an elaborate plot to blow up a Cuban dictator’s entire regime, entailing tunneling under a cemetery. Tough-minded adventure based on real events. 35mm. Approx. 107 min.
“An earnest, somber, and serious-minded piece of filmmaking.”
– Clive Hirschhorn, The Columbia Story
3:40 8:20 Buy Tickets
(1961, Marlon Brando) “You may be a one-eyed jack around here, but I’ve seen the other side of your face.” Left holding the bag by fellow bank robber Karl Malden, Marlon Brando’s Rio emerges from five years of rat-counting in the Sonoma pen, only to find his old buddy now a respected lawman, complete with wife Katy Jurado (High Noon) and step-daughter Pina Pellicer (the Mexican actress in a heartbreaking performance as Rio’s love interest, underlined by her suicide within four years). Brando’s only directorial effort was the Heaven’s Gate of its day, complete with firing of initial director Stanley Kubrick and co-scenarist Sam Peckinpah, millions of dollars in cost overruns, and a first cut running to five hours. Away from the hoopla, it can now be seen as a fresh approach to genre clichés; with numerous on-set improvisations; one of the great screen insults (“You scum-sucking pig!”); and rare for a Western: seaside scenes, shot near Monterey. DCP. Approx. 141 min.
Restored by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.
“Framed against the turbulent coastline of the Monterey peninsula and the shifting sands and mounds of the bleak Mexican desert, this film is notable for its visual artistry alone.”