SOLD OUT - THE HUSTLER - A Tribute To Paul Newman - In Person: Paul Newman's Daughter MELISSA NEWMAN

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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Mon, Nov 28 7:00 PM



Film / Discussion / Reception

In Person: Paul Newman’s daughter MELISSA NEWMAN

In coversation with Rafer Guzman, Newsday & NPR


Starring Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, George C. Scott, & Jackie Gleason

Monday, November 28th at 7:00 PM

Book & Film: Members $38 | Public $43

Film-Only: Members $20 | Public $25

Includes Reception

Join Paul Newman’s daughter Melissa Newman for an event celebrating the publication of the new book The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir.

In The HustlerPaul Newman is cocky poolroom hustler “Fast” Eddie Felson, a swaggering pool shark punk who works his trade in dingy bars and seedy poolrooms. Crashing after a match with king of the poolroom Minnesota Fats (a cool, graceful Jackie Gleason at his most effortlessly confident), he pulls himself back with the help of an alcoholic debutante on the skids (a delicate Piper Laurie) and a shifty, calculating promoter (an icy George C. Scott in a career making performance). Robert Rossen’s atmospheric adaptation of the Walter Tevis (The Queen’s GambitThe Man Who Fell to Earth) novel rarely leaves the shadowy world of smoky poolroom caves—it seems to be lit by the spill from of overhead pool table lights and bar lamps—and it won well deserved Oscars for the deceptively austere art direction and smoky B&W cinematography. It was nominated for an additional seven awards, including best picture, director, screenplay, and acting nods for Newman, Laurie, Scott, and Gleason. the film also has a small cameo role for the ‘Raging Bull’ himself, Jake LaMotta. Despite being 60 years old it still stands the testament of time as one of the landmark films of its genre. Newman returned as an older, wiser, cagier Felson 25 years later in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money. (USA, 1961, 134 min., B&W, DCP | Dir. Robert Rossen)

Film poster for Paul Newman in THE HUSTLER (1961)

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir is the raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of an American icon. The greatest movie star of the past 75 years covers everything: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his thoughts on Marlon BrandoJames DeanElizabeth TaylorJohn Huston, his greatest roles, acting, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward, his innermost fears and passions and joys. With thoughts/comments throughout from Joanne WoodwardGeorge Roy HillTom CruiseElia KazanMartin RittJohn Huston and many others.

In 1986, Paul Newman and his closest friend, screenwriter Stewart Stern, began an extraordinary project. Stuart was to compile an oral history, to have Newman’s family and friends and those who worked closely with him, talk about the actor’s life. And then Newman would work with Stewart and give his side of the story. The only stipulation was that anyone who spoke on the record had to be completely honest. That same stipulation applied to Newman himself. The project lasted five years.

The result is an extraordinary memoir, culled from thousands of pages of transcripts. The book is insightful, revealing, surprising. Newman’s voice is powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, always meeting that high standard of searing honesty. The additional voices—from childhood friends and Navy buddies, from family members and film and theater collaborators—that run throughout add richness and color and context to the story Newman is telling.

Newman’s often traumatic childhood is brilliantly detailed. He talks about his teenage insecurities, his early failures with women, his rise to stardom, his early rivals (Brando and Dean), his first marriage, his drinking, his philanthropy, the death of his son Scott, his strong desire for his daughters to know and understand the truth about their father. Perhaps the most moving material in the book centers around his relationship with Joanne Woodward—their love for each other, his dependence on her, the way she shaped him intellectually, emotionally and sexually.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man is revelatory and introspective, personal and analytical, loving and tender in some places, always complex and profound.

Book jacket for "The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man" by Paul Newman 

Film poster for THE HUSTLER (1961)