The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Introduced by author Ron Hansen, and Jamieson McGonigle, founder of Jesse James Revival
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Dir. Andrew Dominik. 2007, 160 mins. DCP courtesy of Warner Bros. With Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell. “Rooms seemed hotter when he was in them, rain fell straighter, clocks slowed,” is how the legendary bank robber is described in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a stunningly beautiful reinvention of the Western by Andrew Dominik. Casey Affleck is the awkward young acolyte whose life becomes dramatically intertwined with the charismatic criminal, who is played by Brad Pitt. Stunningly photographed by the great Roger Deakins (No Country For Old Men, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall), The Assassination of Jesse James is conceived as a reflection on the past, filmed in a series of beautifully realized tableaux. The film instantly developed a cult following, yet is rarely revived on the big screen.
Ron Hansen, author of the novel The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford upon which the film is based, will introduce the screening along with Museum member Jamieson McGonigle, founder of the Jesse JamesRevival, a loose band of fans devoted to reviving Andrew Dominik’s film on big screens around the country.
Tickets: $15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above. Reserve tickets online or by phone at 718 777 6800.