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An Evening With M. Emmet Walsh


Friday, January 21st @ 8:00pm

An Evening With M. Emmet Walsh
(feat. Blood Simple)

"I approach each job thinking it might be my last, so it had better be the best work possible." - M. Emmet Walsh

“No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh can be altogether bad.” -- Roger Ebert on “the Walsh-Stanton rule”

M. Emmet Walsh is the meaty comfort food of character actors, satisfying us in over 200 movie and television roles like a good slab of Texas steak -- peppery, salty, and deliciously unctuous to the extreme. Just casting him seems like such an act of good taste -- he’s played memorably oily, iconic parts in great films like Blade Runner, Straight Time, The Jerk, and of course, Blood Simple. His scheming squint, his blinking analytical stare, his smarmy grin, and quirky sense of humor are just a few of the traits that he can lend at will to improve any film. We’re amazed he has time to talk with us, what with the incredible streak of quality work he’s been up to these past decades, and we hope he schools us with just a squibble of his irasacble wit. After joining us for a conversation about his career, and a reel of some rarities and highlights, together we will watch:

Blood Simple

Our man M. Emmet sweats up the screen as the most crooked, creepy private eye ever to populate the Coen Brothers’ universe! The brothers’ classic dust-coated neo-noir tracks four seedy lowlifes as they backstab, shoot, screw, and bury each other in the Texas wastelands, and also features future Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as an adulterous wife trying to loosen the grip of scummy husband Dan Hedaya. The sparse story here takes a back seat to the Coens’ mindbending visual style, complete with tense, awe-inspiring camerawork from masterful DP Barry Sonnenfeld. Walsh outdoes even himself during Blood Simple’s unforgettable, nail-biting climax involving a loaded gun, two adjacent apartments, and some very fragile drywall. Come catch the performance that won M. Emmet the 1986 Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, and see where two decades’ worth of smart, stylish thrillers got their inspiration.
Dirs. Joel & Ethan Coen, 1984, 35mm, 99 min.

Tickets - $10