THE CULT OF ENIGMA: A TOO TINY TRIBUTE TO HARRY DEAN STANTON
From his powerful leading roles in classics like PARIS, TEXAS and REPO MAN, to his droll, lip-smacking supporting appearances in many of our favorite cult movies of the past half century, Harry Dean Stanton touched and mystified audiences with every part, big or small. With this too tiny tribute, we pay our respects to a man whose success as a character actor he once attributed to Jack Nicholson’s advice: “let the wardrobe do the acting and just play yourself.” R.I.P. H.D.S.
Saturday, September 30, 9:30pm
REPO MAN (35mm)
“It happens sometimes. People just explode. Natural causes.” Veteran repo warhorse Bud (Harry Dean Stanton, in one of his funniest roles) breaks in new repo man Otto (Emilio Estevez) while tracking a vintage Chevy Malibu driven by a lobotomized nuclear physicist (Fox Harris). But the two soon find that ruthless feds are hoping to retrieve the car and get the radioactive alien corpse out of the trunk! A madcap ’80s indie classic that took a fresh look at the mean streets of L.A.
“My inevitable Harry Dean showdown came when we shot the scene when the repo men threaten their sworn enemies, the Rodriguez brothers, with baseball bats. …when I asked Harry not to use the real bat, he was furious. Slamming the wooden bat down on the hood of the Falcon, he roared (and he has a stentorian voice for such a little guy) ‘Harry Dean Stanton only uses REAL baseball bats!’ …I picked [the bat] up immediately. …A foolish tug of war ensued.” -Alex Cox
Directed by Alex Cox. 1984, Universal Studios, 92 min, USA, 35mm.
Friday, October 13, 9:30pm
Horror heavyweight John Carpenter directed and co-composed the music for this adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a 1958 Plymouth possessed by evil. After buying his new car and naming it Christine, highschooler Arnie (Keith Gordon) goes from nerd to the most popular kid in school. But wearing new clothes and dating the prettiest girl in class aren’t the only changes going on, as Christine’s murderous side emerges by trampling, burning, and choking anyone who gets in its way. With Harry Dean Stanton as the hilariously incredulous detective Rudolph “Rudy” Junkins, investigating the mysterious series of car-related deaths.
“Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor. He was also a great actor. Goodbye, Harry Dean. Rest in peace.” – John Carpenter
“Harry Dean Stanton had the best line in CHRISTINE: “I’m selling’ this shithole and buyin’ a condo.” Rest in peace, HD. You were great.” Stephen King
Directed by John Carpenter. Sony Repertory, 110 min, 35mm.