Irish Film Institute has Jeff Bridges marathon E-mail
Written by Chalupa   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:45

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) loves Jeff Bridges as much as we do and are well into their month of Jeff Bridges.  They kicked things off February 7th and go all the way through until February 28th.  Over the course of the month they'll be showing:

  • The Last Picture Show
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • Hollywood Cowboy (Hearts of the West)
  • Tron
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Jagged Edge
  • Cutter's Way
  • The Fisher King
  • The Big Lebowski

Now that's a formidable list there full of some of the best work Bridges has done.  Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is the film Bridges and Clint Eastwood collaborated on and The Fabulous Baker Boys is one of the few times we see both Jeff Bridges and his brother, Beau Bridges, together in action.  Cutter's Way is another must-see for any Lebowski fan.  There are a lot of similarities between it and The Big Lebowski.  I'll leave it at that.  I kinda wish I lived in Ireland right now...

Here's what the IFI has listed on their site introducing the series:

The justified awards-season acclaim for Jeff Bridges’ wonderfully lived-in performance as the has-been country crooner in Crazy Heart is an excellent reason to showcase the work of an actor who’s been so good for so long we’ve probably taken him for granted.

The son of studio-era stalwart Lloyd Bridges, Jeff has in a way been the living embodiment of all that was cherishable about the pre-Star Wars American cinema in which he made his name. No matter who he’s playing, there’s always something real about Jeff Bridges on screen, and something of the maverick too – an edge, but also a vulnerability. That might seem like a mass of contradictions, but it also explains the range of his material, always presented with a technical skill that often goes unnoticed because it’s seemingly so offhand. And at the age of sixty, he’s far from finished yet – as The Big Lebowski would have it, this dude will abide.

Introduction by Trevor Johnston, notes on individual films by Peter Walsh and Trevor Johnston.

For more information and a complete listing of the films being shown, dates, showtimes, etc  - please visit the IFI's site:

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