On July 20 and 21, we will present two films directed by Arthur Hiller: Love Story and Making Love. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989 to 1993 and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) from 1993 to 1997. He was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2002.
Born in 1923, he began his career on television before moving to the cinema in 1957 with The Careless Years. During his career, he directed about thirty films, often comedies, collaborating regularly with the same writers, Neil Simon among others. Without having a distinctive stylistic signature, like the critic Roger Ebert noted about Love Story, the success of his films is because of his “quiet taste” and his concern for small details. In his more ”serious” or ”dramatic” films, a great theme runs through the work of Hiller: the life of a couple or rather, how the couple goes through the difficult moments. This is the subject of the two films that we present.
Love Story depicts the life of a couple who has to cope with an illness and Making Love tells the story of a couple and asks the question how their marriage can evolve into a friendship when one becomes aware of repressed desires.
City Cinema @ 9:05 pm Friday June 20th: Love Story; Saturday June 21st: Making Love. $10 Admission