American Girl: Tuesday Weld

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Sep 21-25

An actress of underrated subtlety, tremendous life-force, and cream-fresh beauty, Tuesday Weld entered the popular imagination as the dreamt-of all-American girl, and then built a resume to rank her among the finest actresses of any era. The Film Society’s long-overdue retrospective spans comedy and drama, includes collaborations with a dizzying variety of auteurs and actors, and samples a body of work that remains as vivacious as Weld’s once-in-a-generation on-screen spontaneity.

Past Films

Bachelor Flat

Bachelor Flat

Frank Tashlin | 1962 | 91 mins

Tashlin plays Nabokov as a frantic hide-in-here bedroom farce, in garish color CinemaScope, pitting Terry-Thomas’s Anglo professor against Tuesday’s unannounced nymphet houseguest.

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I Walk the Line

I Walk the Line

John Frankenheimer | 1970 | 97 mins

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.

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Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Richard Brooks | 1977 | 136 mins

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’s controversial adaptation.

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Lord Love a Duck

Lord Love a Duck

George Axelrod | 1966 | 105 mins

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.

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Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone | 1984 | 229 + 10 interission mins

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.

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Play It As It Lays

Play It As It Lays

Frank Perry | 1972 | 99 mins

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.

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Pretty Poison

Pretty Poison

Noel Black | 1968 | 89 mins

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.

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Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!

Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys!

Leo McCarey | 1959 | 106 mins

McCarey’s Thirties 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.

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Thief

Thief

Michael Mann | 1981 | 122 mins

James Caan plays a straight-shooting Chicago safecracker eager to start fresh with a waitress flame (Weld) but corraled by a cynical mob boss. Music by Tangerine Dream.

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Who’ll Stop the Rain

Who’ll Stop the Rain

Karel Reisz | 1978 | 126 mins

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).

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