Walter Hill began his long career first as an assistant director on classic films like BULLITT and TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN before becoming a screenwriter for Sam Peckinpah (THE GETAWAY), John Huston (THE MACKINTOSH MAN) and many others. With his 1975 directorial debut, HARD TIMES, Hill announced himself as a stylist interested in defining character through action, and in action as presented via a clean, expressive visual design.
Merging the sensitivity and intelligence of European arthouse films with the visceral, violent pleasures of American genre filmmaking, Hill went on to breathe new life into action movies with THE DRIVER, THE WARRIORS, and 48 HRS., taking detours along the way into comedy, Westerns and even musicals (the singular and uncategorizable STREETS OF FIRE). The American Cinematheque is proud to present an in-person tribute to the director, which includes a selection of his classics as well as the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film, the provocative, riveting neo-noir thriller THE ASSIGNMENT, starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver, distributed by Saban Films, which opens in theaters on April 7.
Director Walter Hill discusses THE ASSIGNMENT in a new interview here.
Series programmed by Grant Moninger. Program notes by Jim Hemphill.