On the occasion of the re-release of Mike Nichols’s The Graduate (see page 10), the IFI takes the opportunity to celebrate the work of Dustin Hoffman, who turns 80 later this year. A native of Los Angeles, Hoffman took to acting while in college, moving to New York to pursue his career, where he formed enduring friendships with fellow aspirants Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall.
Following his film debut, a brief appearance in Arthur Hiller’s The Tiger Makes Out (1967), his next role was in The Graduate, for which he gained the first of seven Oscar nominations, and in which he redefined Hollywood’s expectations of the traditional leading man. This led to his most fertile period, the 1970s, when he appeared in a number of contemporary American classics, displaying a remarkable range and versatility as an actor.
The 1980s saw Hoffman becoming more selective in his choices, which ranged from a notorious box office flop, Elaine May’s underrated Ishtar (1987), to the Oscar-winning Rain Man (1988). His career since has been similarly unpredictable, but Dustin Hoffman remains an eminently watchable and incredibly talented artist, one of the finest American actors to have appeared on the big screen.
Introduction and notes on individual films by Kevin Coyne.
‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is a major international exhibition taking place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from April 13th to August 27th which examines the role of spirituality in visual art from a wide range of perspectives.
A saying often used to allude to the mysterious but familiar world around us, ‘As Above, So Below’ also hints at a duality or a mirroring of sorts, a striking and important feature that recurs in a number of the films selected here to respond to, reflect upon and interact with the varied themes that arise in the exhibition.
In keeping with the artworks in the exhibition, the films that feature here, from directors as diverse as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Ingmar Bergman, Barbara McCullough and Robert Altman, transcend the limitations of and expand upon what is conventionally understood as spiritual to embrace ideas around mysticism, ritual, human consciousness, the otherworld and the occult.
While a direct correspondence or through-line can be discerned in some instances - Alejandro Jodorowsky and Kenneth Anger feature both in the exhibition and in this film selection, thereby providing the opportunity to engage with their extraordinary work in different contexts - in other cases, the connections are less explicit, giving the viewer the chance to perceive for her or himself possible kinships between specific films and artworks.
‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ is co-curated by Sam Thorne, Director, Nottingham Contemporary, UK, and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator, IMMA. For more details on the exhibition see www.imma.ie
Introduction and film notes by Alice Butler.
Present your IFI cinema ticket from any of the IFI & IMMA: As Above, So Below season screenings at the IMMA Box Office and receive a 2 for 1 entry to the ‘As Above, So Below’ exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
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3. Tickets are subject to availability, and possession of an IFI ticket or booking does not guarantee entry.
4. Offer ends 31/05/2017.
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