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A Tribute to Norman Jewison


A Tribute to Norman Jewison

April 17th - 18th

Friday, April 17th at 7:30 pm

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Canadian Film Centre by Canadian-born director Norman Jewison, LACMA will host an evening of tributes by some of Mr. Jewison’s closest collaborators plus an on-stage discussion of his career moderated by Leonard Maltin. One of Hollywood's greatest storytellers and proficient in a range of genres, Jewison was the director of such legendary films as In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, Moonstruck, and The Hurricane. Confirmed guest speakers to date are Cher, esteemed actors Eva Marie Saint and Carl Reiner, renowned cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and Marilyn and Alan Bergman, the legendary Hollywood composers who provided memorable theme songs to many Jewison films over the years. Co-presented by the Canadian Film Centre and Film Independent.

Friday, April 17th at 9:15 pm

MOONSTRUCK 1987/color /102 min.
Scr: John Patrick Shanley dir: Norman Jewison; w/ Cher, Nicholas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello.

Norman Jewison is justly renowned for his hard-hitting socially liberal dramas (In the Heat of the Night, The Hurricane) and innovative on-location musicals (Fiddler on the Roof) but his skills as a Hollywood director were a honed on a quartet of mid-sixties romantic comedies featuring such stars as Rock Hudson, Doris Day, James Garner and Angie Dickinson. Twenty years later, armed with an off-beat script by John Patrick Shanley, Jewison revived the genre with Moonstruck, an odd couple romance set in working class Brooklyn. At the center of a large Italian American family is Loretta, a brash Brooklyn bookkeeper, widowed in her late 30s, who confounds herself by falling for the passionate, younger brother of her staid fiancé. With Verdi arias and Dean Martin pop tunes on the soundtrack, Jewison pays heartfelt tribute to the high drama of grand opera and the hard-won triumphs of ordinary people. A much loved modern classic, Moonstruck generated Oscars for Cher in a breakout performance, Olympia Dukakis as her wise aunt, and writer Shanley.

Saturday, April 18th at 7:30 pm

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1971/color /181 min. plus intermission/Panavision
Scr: Joseph Stein; dir: Norman Jewison; w/ Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey.

In a dusty Russian shtetl before the revolution, a buoyant and tradition-bound Jewish milkman endures domestic dilemmas amid shifting cultural mores. In Jewison’s own words, “it's the story of a man and his God, and his problems with his five daughters." Based on the long-running Broadway production and two years in the making (it was shot on location in rural Croatia), Jewison’s first musical was a box office smash and is a perennial favorite with audiences world-wide. Nominated for nine Academy Awards and winner of three: Best Cinematography (Oswald Morris), Best Sound and Best Score (adapted by John Williams).



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