Dustin Hoffman helped pave the way for a new generation of Hollywood leading men in the late 60s.
“I grew up thinking a movie star had to be like Rock Hudson or Tab Hunter, certainly nobody in any way like me”
With his breakthrough role in The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman became an instant success, proving that leading men didn’t have to fit the mould. Today, The Graduate remains a compelling film worthy of rediscovery, and its position in Hoffman’s career is equally notable. Instead of accepting similar roles, his next performance as Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy confirmed him as a dynamic and versatile actor who refused to be pigeonholed. During this period he worked with some of the greatest English-language directors of the time, hence why all of the films in our two-part season are classics in their own right. As Hoffman approaches his 80th birthday, we celebrate his career and recognise a true, collaborative acting talent.
“I love acting, and I’m not going to determine what I do based on what I fear other people might think”
Dustin Hoffman is an actor who clearly delights in taking risks when approaching a variety of different roles. As Hoffman approaches his 80th birthday, we complete our celebratory season with films ranging from the 1970s to 2015. John Schlesinger’s Marathon Man is a powerful drama that perfectly encapsulates the kind of projects Hoffman made in the 70s: thrilling, memorable and urgent. With a couple of Oscar® nominations under his belt, he finally won for Kramer vs. Kramer and then again for Rain Man – both emotionally driven, compelling works that reflect the emerging social and cultural changes of their time. We also include Hoffman’s debut as a director with Quartet, a singularly British affair featuring some of our finest actors, and Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot, made for TV and featuring Hoffman and Judi Dench in fine form.
See all screenings of The Graduate.
The season continues in July with screenings of Marathon Man, Kramer vs Kramer, Tootsie and more...
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