While director Park Chan-wook’s 2000 blockbuster Joint Security Area came as a commercial shot in the arm for the South Korean film industry, nothing prepared audiences for the audacious artistic triumphs of his next three films. Together, the Vengeance Trilogy not only elevated Park into the upper echelons of international auteurs, they inspired Hollywood remakes and exerted a profound influence on such critically lauded works as Breaking Bad.
In Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, a factory worker desperately tries to save the life of his dying sister, only to become ensnared in a nightmare of… [read more]
Warm sunny days and hot, starry summer nights seem made-to-order for love and romance. This August at the Dryden, we’ve scheduled six films that look at romance from very different perspectives. Éric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale focuses on one man’s indecision as he courts three women. Next up is Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman’s incisive examination of mismatched lovers. We Won’t Grow Old Together is an uncompromising look at a love affair that continues long after the thrill is gone. Come September (screening in a 35mm archival print from Universal Studios) was a monster hit in the summer of 1961 and remains a hilarious and charming confection with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida sparring… [read more]
On February 2, 2014, the world tragically lost one of the most talented, ambitious, and audacious actors of any generation: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Raised in Fairport, New York, Hoffman discovered theatre at an early age while attending a production of All My Sons with his mother—a moment which he claimed changed his life. Fate stepped in during high school when a neck injury brought his wrestling career to an end, and he tried his hand at acting. His teenage performance as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman is still remembered by those lucky enough to have seen it. Upon graduating, he moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts, and the rest is history… [read more]
For many of us, summer means communing with nature to explore the wonders that abound on the land, in and on the sea, and in the sky. While we hope you’ll enjoy the summer outdoors, we’ve programmed a diverse selection of films designed to lure you into the Dryden this July and August.
This series embraces all genres: drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy… [read more]