AT LONG LAST, A TRIBUTE TO TUESDAY
With a dandy retrospective called AMERICAN GIRL: TUESDAY WELD, New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center will celebrate the career of an exceptionally gifted, beautiful and tantalizing actress. Browse below for Lincoln Center's salute to Weld, plus a description of individual films in the series, and click here for Guy Flatley’s 1971 New York Times interview with the stunningly candid Tuesday.
An actress of underrated subtlety and tremendous life-force, Tuesday Weld entered the popular imagination as the dreamt-of all-American girl, and then built a résumé to rank her among the finest actresses of any era. The Film Society’s overdue retrospective spans comedy and drama, and a variety of auteurs, showcasing her once-in-a-generation spontaneity.
BACHELOR FLAT (1962) 91min
Director: Frank Tashlin
Tashlin plays Nabokov as a frantic hide-in-here bedroom farce, in garish color CinemaScope, pitting Terry-Thomas’s Anglo professor against Tuesday Weld’s unannounced nymphet houseguest. Also starring Richard Beymer and Celeste Holm. (BACHELOR FLAT screens Saturday, September 24 at 2:00PM.)
I WALK THE LINE (1970) 97min
Director: John Frankenheimer
Gregory Peck’s Tennessee Sheriff, buried alive in middle-aged rural respectability, is knocked off the straight-and-narrow by the inexorable draw of Weld, the daughter of a moonshining family. Also starring Estelle Parsons, Ralph Meeker and Charles Durning. (I WALK THE LINE screens Thursday, September 22 at 6:30PM.)
LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR (1977) 136min
Director: Richard Brooks
Weld’s overdue Oscar nomination came for playing the daddy’s-favorite sister opposite Diane Keaton as a liberated-annihilated New York teacher, in Brooks’ controversial adaptation. Also starring William Atherton, Richard Kiley, Richard Gere and Tom Berenger. (LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR screens Friday, September 23 at 8:30PM and Sunday, September 25 at 3:45PM.)
LORD LOVE A DUCK (1966) 105min
Director: George Axelrod
An undefinable masterpiece of American film comedy: Weld stars as high school senior Barbara Ann Greene in George Axelrod’s ahead-of-the-curve street sweeper satire of SoCal culture. Also starring Roddy McDowall, Lola Albright, Martin West, Ruth Gordon, Harvey Korman and Sarah Marshall. (LORD LOVE A DUCK screens Saturday, September 24 at 4:00PM.)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA(1984) 229min + 10min intermission
Director: Sergio Leone
Weld plays the archetypal gun moll with full forbidden carnality, in Sergio Leone’s lone Spaghetti Eastern, a timeline-hopping gangster film starring Robert de Niro. Also starring James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Burt Young, Treat Williams and Danny Aiello. (ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA) screens Sunday, September 25 at 6:30PM.
PLAY IT AS IT LAYS (1972) 99min
Director: Frank Perry
In Joan Didion’s adaptation of her own novel, Anthony Perkins and Weld play a spiritually exhausted producer and a career-limbo Hollywood actress who find purgatorial kinship.
Also starring Tammy Grimes, Adam Roarke, Ruth Ford, Norman Foster and Richard Anderson. (PLAY IT AS IT LAYS screens on Wednesday, September 21 at 8:30PM.)
PRETTY POISON (1968) 89min
Director: Noel Black
The spy fantasies of an oddball parolee (Anthony Perkins) are upstaged by a dangerously bored high-school senior (Weld) who takes them in deadly stride. Also starring Beverly Garland, John Randolph and Joseph Bova. (PRETTY POISON screens on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30PM and Saturday, September 24 at 8:15PM.)
RALLY ’ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS! (1959) 106min
Director: Leo McCarey
McCarey’s Thirties-style screwball comedy in the Long Island suburbs of the Fifties stars Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as young marrieds, with Weld their jive-talking babysitter. Also starring Joan Collins, Jack Carson, Dwayne Hickman and Gale Gordon. RALLY ‘ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS! screens Sunday, September 25 at 1:30PM.
THIEF (1981) 122min
Director: Michael Mann
James Caan plays a straight-shooting Chicago safecracker eager to start fresh with a waitress flame (Weld) but corralled by a cynical mob boss. Music by Tangerine Dream. Also starring Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky and Dennis Farina. (THIEF screens Thursday, September 22 at 8:30PM.)
WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN (1978) 126min
Director: Karel Reisz
A late-decade peak in sleepless broken-dream trips came with Nick Nolte as a Marine smuggling heroin and ending up a fugitive with his friend’s wife (Weld). Also starring Michael Moriarty, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Masur and Ray Sharkey. (WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN screens Friday, September 23 at 6:00PM.)