JAMES GANDOLFINI MEMORIAL: THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE
|Starring||Billy Bob Thornton, James Gandolfini, Frances McDormand|
18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.
All proceeds from this screening will go to benefit the Central Texas American Heart Association
James Gandolfini was a great actor, and, sadly, he is no longer with us.
Most of you knew him as Tony Soprano, and I doubt many people would know him by name were it not for that role. But, Gandolfini was an actor of tremendous stature and incredible warmth—regardless of Tony Soprano. I’ve watched him portray everything from a gold-toothed, woman-punching hitman to a big, snugly wild thing and pretty much everything in between. Any time I saw him in a movie, I knew, if nothing else, I was going to sit down to witness the acting masterclass of Gandolfini.
Never one to be pigeonholed, Gandolfini would always bring a deeper dimension to characters that would otherwise be one note. He often used the perception people had of his hulking, tough guy exterior to slowly reveal the softer inner workings of a real human being in his characters, and THAT is the touchstone of a truly great performer. But, he was also incredibly funny too. I could go on and on about Gandolfini’s career but far better writers have done far greater jobs at that. (Film Critic Hulk’s piece is a really good read)
Gandolfini has been great in so many things, but when it came time to remember him, I thought it would be great to relive the oft-overlooked and completely incredible THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE, the Coen Brothers neo-noir tale of a small town blackmailing barber. The writing is rock solid, the cinematography is breathtaking, and the cast is completely all-star. Everyone is incredible in this film and to see Gandolfini working alongside such greats and managing to shine amongst them is the way I’ll always remember him. (Greg MacLennan)
Screening in 35mm: Fri. July 5 at Ritz