The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963), with James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn. In 35 mm, 168 min.
Steve McQueen (1930–1980) would have been eighty years old in 2010, but he’ll always be the cinematic King of Cool, maintaining a Zen master’s composure in the midst of high drama. The iconic movie star with the bright blue eyes and beaming smile was also one of the screen’s best actors. The aggressive yet sensitive and vulnerable product of a painful broken-home childhood and rebellious adolescent run-ins with the law, McQueen drew on deeply personal emotions for his performances.
Audiences were touched and electrified by the authenticity of McQueen’s humanity and the complexity of his simplicity, the way his stillness and silence could speak volumes. He knew that his thoughtful eyes could "give you a look that says it all," that a cool demeanor could express intense feelings. As one of his characters says, "I’m working. You just can’t see it."
Other films in this series include:January 14: Baby, the Rain Must Fall January 21: The Cincinnati Kid January 28: Nevada Smith February 4: The Sand Pebbles February 11: The Thomas Crown Affair February 18: Bullitt February 25: Junior Bonner March 4: The Getaway March 11: Papillon
Prices above are for entire film series. Series tickets may be purchased at the Ticketing Desk at any of SAM's three sites, or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121.
Single-film tickets are $7 for everyone, sold day of show at the auditorium (cash only). Tickets are also available through Scarecrow Video: call 206.524.8554.
This film series is generously supported by the Bagley Wright Endowment.