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.
Hoffman’s first major role in 1992’s Scent of a Woman opposite Al Pacino, placed him squarely on the map as an up-and-coming talent. He rapidly became one of the screen’s most recognizable character actors, whose performances were always a delight to watch as they so often changed the films he was in. Rochester will always be proud of its “hometown boy” who became one of the most revered actors in the world yet never forgot his roots. The Dryden is honored to be hosting a major retrospective of his work (part 2 will continue in September and October). Please join us in celebrating the life and career of Philip Seymour Hoffman as we pay tribute to both the incredible actor and man that he was.

Wednesday, July 2, 8 p.m.
Boogie Nights
(Paul Thomas Anderson, US 1997, 155 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, July 9, 8 p.m.
(Todd Solondz, US 1998, 134 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, July 16, 8:30 p.m.
(Paul Thomas Anderson, US 1999, 188 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, July 23, 8 p.m.
State and Main
(David Mamet, US/France 2000, 105 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, July 30, 8 p.m.
Love Liza
(Todd Louiso, France/Germany/US 2002, 90 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, August 6, 8 p.m.
25th Hour
(Spike Lee, US 2002, 135 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, August 13, 8:30 p.m.
Along Came Polly
(John Hamburg, US 2004, 90 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, August 20, 8 p.m.
(Bennett Miller, US/Canada 2005, 114 min., 35mm)

Wednesday, August 27, 8 p.m.
Mission: Impossible III
(J. J. Abrams, US/Germany/China 2006, 126 min., 35mm)