Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 -
In conjunction with the Czech Embassy's Mutual Inspirations Festival, AFI Silver presents three films from acclaimed director Miloš Forman. The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012 - Miloš Forman celebrates Forman's 80th birthday, the best of Czech cinematography and the accomplishments of the transatlantic film industry. The festival runs September-October 2012, and features more than 30 films and events in prestigious venues throughout the Washington area. For more information, including film screenings at other venues, visit mutualinspirations.org.
Member passes accepted at all screenings in the Milos Forman series.
THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT
Larry Flynt (Woody Harrelson) was a poor Kentucky moonshiner's son who hit the jackpot when he created pornographic Hustler magazine. With his devoted wife (Courtney Love) and trusted lawyer (Edward Norton) by his side, Flynt took on his critics, fighting lawsuits and even assassination attempts as his media empire grew. Shackled by a lawsuit from figures in the religious right, Flynt became an unlikely champion of the freedom of speech, taking his battle all the way to the Supreme Court. Along with Amadeus Mozart and Randle McMurphy, Flynt makes for another of Forman's inspired misfits in this exemplary biopic, which garnered Oscar nominations for Best Actor (Harrelson) and Director.
DIR Miloš Forman; SCR Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski; PROD Michael Hausman, Oliver Stone, Janet Yang. US, 1996, color, 129 min. RATED R
MAN ON THE MOON
Jim Carrey gives the performance of a lifetime as the eccentric performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman in this innovative biopic that's as quirky as its subject. A struggling comedian on the nightclub circuit, Kaufman was discovered by talent agent George Shapiro (Danny DeVito, Kaufman's TAXI co-star) and shot to fame with his role on TV's landmark sitcom TAXI, legendary appearances on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and a career as an inter-gender wrestler. Kaufman was an enigmatic character who defied definition, and director Miloš Forman honors his persona with this stunning, candid portrait.
DIR Miloš Forman; SCR Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski; PROD Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher. UK/Germany/Japan/US, 1999, color, 118 min. RATED R
Dwarfed by the success of the other 1980s adaption of "Les Liaisons dangereuses," VALMONT is an undeservedly overlooked interpretation that stands alone as the most emotionally resonant screen version of the classic novel. This tale of sexual manipulation amongst the French elite finds Forman at the height of his visually opulent craftsmanship. Not bound strictly to the original text, Forman's film is a more upbeat, fresh and socially conscious take on the centuries-old source material. A talented cast brings Forman's unique vision to life, including Colin Firth and Annette Bening in their first starring roles.
DIR/SCR Miloš Forman; SCR Jean-Claude Carrière, based on the novel by Choderlos de Laclos; PROD Michael Hausman, Paul Rassam. France/US, 1989, color, 137 min. RATED R