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December 6 – 8

One of the biggest movie stars on the planet, Ben Stiller is also among our finest comic talents, a fearless performer with a gift for turning anxiety into comedy and back again. But what doesn’t get said often enough is that he is also an inventive, risk-taking filmmaker who has repeatedly demonstrated his versatility and ambition behind the camera. From the Generation X totem Reality Bites (1994) to the dark cult comedy The Cable Guy (1996) to the wild satires Zoolander (2001) and Tropic Thunder (2008), Stiller’s work as a director reveals a sharp and distinctive comic vision, not to mention an unparalleled eye for the giddy pleasures and dark absurdities of popular culture. Following the world premiere of his new film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, at the 51st New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Stiller’s body of work as a director—one that happens also to include several of his greatest performances.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Ben Stiller | 2013 | 125 mins

Ben Stiller in person!

Ben Stiller stars in and directs this sweet, globe-trotting (but New York-based) comic fable about an up-to-the-minute everyman, co-starring Kristen Wiig as the woman of his dreams, Sean Penn as a legendary photographer and Shirley MacLaine as Walter’s mother.

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The Cable Guy

The Cable Guy

Ben Stiller | 1996 | 96 mins

Stiller showed his flair for dark material with this wily, disturbing psychodrama about the sinister relationship between a creepy cable installer (Jim Carrey) and an unsuspecting customer (Matthew Broderick).

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Reality Bites

Reality Bites

Ben Stiller | 1994 | 99 mins

Winona Ryder leads a cast of Generation X-ers in Stiller’s era-defining debut, a tender romantic comedy and a self-aware portrait of youthful aimlessness in the pop-culture-saturated 1990s.

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Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller | 2008 | 107 mins

In Stiller’s merciless, high-concept spoof of Hollywood narcissism, self-centered movie stars find themselves in the midst of actual armed conflict while shooting a big-budget Vietnam War epic. Co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise.

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Zoolander

Zoolander

Ben Stiller | 2001 | 89 mins

Ben Stiller in person!

In this delirious fashionista farce—reportedly a favorite of Terrence Malick’s—Stiller plays the male model Derek Zoolander, world-renowned for his inventory of facial expressions. Co-starring Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell.

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