Screening of the film: "The Hustler"

Robert Rossen Introduced byRanieri Polese

Screening of the film: "The Hustler"

may sun 29, 2016 - 20.00
teatro Bolognini - Via del Presto, 5
 admission euro 3.00

Considered as a masterpiece of American filmmaking, nominated for no fewer than nine Oscars®, The Hustler is a 1961 film based on the novel by Walter Tevis, starring Hollywood legend Paul Newman. "Fast" Eddie Felson is a small-time pool player with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude, as he drinks: in other words, he’s a hustler. He is approached by a ruthless, cutthroat manager, who gets him into the top games. For Eddie, winning a game of pool is everything, nothing matters more, not even the life of the woman he loves. When he holds a cue, Eddie turns into a cynical and cruel being. His dream and obsession is to beat the current champion, Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason), to become the number one, the greatest. The role was created especially for Paul Newman, who went on to play other selfish, argumentative and unpleasant anti-heroes during his career: rebels adored by audiences, both then and now. 

Robert Rossen (1908-1966) started his career on Broadway as a stage director before moving into cinema first as a screenwriter and then as a director. His films include Johnny O’ Clock (1947), Body and Soul (1947), All the King’s Men, about political corruption (1949, Oscar® winner) and The Brave Bulls (1951). In 1954, when McCarthyism was rampant, he went to Italy where he filmed Mambo starring Silvana Mangano, Alexander the Great (1956), Island in the Sun (1957), They Came to Cordura (1959) and Lilith (1964).

Ranieri Polese is a journalist and literary critic for the newspaper Corriere della Sera, and is editor of its culture section. He has written for the papers La Nazione and L’Europeo. He is a member of Italy’s National Union of Film Critics (SNGCI) and is on the selection committee for the Venice Film Festival. His publications include Il film della mia vita (Rizzoli, 1995) and the preface to Le mie canzoni by Vasco Rossi (Mondadori). He curated l’Almanacco Guanda.