The French Connection

Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:39 PM

Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture

The French Connection

1971 / Fox

35mm print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive

Arguably the greatest American crime film ever made, The French Connection stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as two NYPD detectives doggedly pursuing the ringleader of a global heroin smuggling syndicate (Fernando Rey). Based on actual characters and loosely mimicking real events, the film rebuffs political correctness to portray a grungy, streetwise view of the mean streets of 1970s New York City. Distinguished as the first R-rated film to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, it also took home trophies for director (William Friedkin), best actor (Hackman), adapted screenplay (Ernest Tidyman) and editing (Gerald B. Greenberg). In addition to the Oscar® haul, the film is famous for the most relentless and brain-jangling car chase in cinema history. Also featuring Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, who were the real-life inspiration for the Hackman and Scheider characters, as well as Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi and Bill Hickman, who also doubled as the film's fearless stunt driver.

The French Connection has been in the news lately, having just been voted No. 10 on the American Society of Cinematographers' (ASC) list of 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century. Don't miss this opportunity to watch DP Owen Roizman's lauded cinematography projected on the big Alex screen on Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 PM.

Popeye the Sailor in The Spinach Roadster (1936, Dave Fleischer)

Tonight's cartoon features the first of two car chases on the evening's program with a "Popeye" behind the wheel.

Spinach Roadster

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 PM

Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

1975 / UA/Fantasy Films

Winner of 5 Academy Awards® in 1976, including Best Picture, Best Director (Milos Forman), Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher) and Best Adapted Screenplay. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a pitch-perfect adaptation of Ken Kesey’s seminal novel, representing one of the great cinematic depictions of the 60’s counter-culture ethos.