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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
With a career spanning over six decades, Harry Dean Stanton was beloved for his weathered face, easy tenor voice, and candid approach to acting and life. Though his death in September was a blow to film lovers everywhere, Harry’s work is preserved in hundreds of films to be felt and appreciated by future generations. In December, MFA Film remembers this American legend with a survey of his acting work—in roles big and small: bit.ly/2hYJOhP
On December 20, join us for a screening of «Paris, Texas» (1984)—Stanton often remarked that of all the films he acted in, this was his favorite. Though he speaks only a few words during its first act, «Paris, Texas» may well be the finest performance of his career. Directed by New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders and written by the late Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, this profoundly moving character study follows the mysterious, nearly mute drifter Travis (Stanton) as he tries to reconnect with his young son, who has been living with his brother (Dean Stockwell) in Los Angeles, and track down his missing wife (Nastassja Kinski). From this simple premise, Wenders and Shepard produce a powerful statement on codes of masculinity and the myth of the American family, as well as an exquisite visual exploration of a vast, crumbling world of canyons and neon.
In the month of December, bring a ticket stub from any MFA film screening to Coolidge Corner Theatre for a $3 discount on regularly priced feature films, subject to availability.