LOWELL -- Esteemed actor, director and environmentalist Robert Redford will speak at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on June 20. Here's a look back at a few of his stand-out projects.
- All is Lost (2013)
His most recent starring role, it features Redford as the only actor on-screen. He plays an unnamed character fighting for his life on a 39-foot yacht stranded in the Indian Ocean. In the entire movie, few words are spoken. After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a sailor finds himself struggling to survive. On a solo voyage, Redford's character uses what few tools he has on-board to weather any storm. J.C. Chandor directed this.
- Out of Africa (1985)
Starring Redford and Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, the film is set in 20th-century colonial Kenya. Streep plays a baroness who has a passionate love affair with a big-game hunter, played by Redford. The film follows the life of the protagonist, who sets up a plantation in Africa and whose life is complicated by a husband of convenience while finding true love with Redford. The film, directed by Sydney Pollack, won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing for a screenplay based on material from another medium, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Sound and Best Music for an original score at the Academy Awards that year. Streep was also nominated for Best Actress in a leading role.
- Ordinary People (1980)
Redford directed this melodrama, starring Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore. The accidental death of a teen boy in an affluent family strains the relationships between the younger son, played by Timothy Hutton, his father, played by Sutherland, and the boy's bitter mother, Moore. Hutton's character is overcome by grief and attempts suicide before pursuing therapy. The film resulted in Redford receiving his first Oscar for Best Director. It also won Best Picture, Best Actor in a supporting role for Hutton, and Best Writing for a screenplay based on material from another medium. Moore was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role.
- All the President's Men (1976)
Starring alongside Dustin Hoffman, who played the intrepid reporter Carl Bernstein, Redford plays Bob Woodward, a crime reporter at The Washington Post who finds himself uncovering the details of the Watergate scandal with Bernstein. The film is based on the real-life work of the journalists whose investigation led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. The film was celebrated for superior acting and Redford also served as producer on the project after buying the rights to Woodward and Bernstein's book of the same name, according to The New York Times. Jason Robards won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a supporting role. The film also won Best Sound, Best Art Direction and Best Writing for a screenplay based on material from another medium.
- The Great Gatsby (1974)
In the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic of the same name, Redford plays leading man Jay Gatsby, opposite Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan. In the film, a Midwesterner (played by Sam Waterston) becomes fascinated with his wealthy neighbor, Redford, who obsesses over his lost love. The film won an Oscar for best Costume Design and Best Music for an original score.
- The Sting (1973)
In 1930s Chicago, Redford plays a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner by teaming up with a master of the "big con," played by Paul Newman. Redford was nominated for Best Actor in a leading role by the Academy, but the film was ultimately awarded Best Picture, Best Director to George Roy Hill, Best Writing for a screenplay based on factual materials not previously published, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Music for an original song that year.
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
A striking Western film, Butch Cassidy, played by Paul Newman, and Sundance, Redford, are the two leaders of the "Hole-in-the-Wall Gang." Butch is an "ideas man" while Sundance is a skilled gunman. When the duo robs a train once too often, a posse begins trailing them to place them under arrest, or worse. The pair runs for days and eventually makes off to Bolivia with Butch's girlfriend, played by Katharine Ross. The film is based on the exploits of the historical characters. The film won Best Writing for a screenplay based on material not previously published, Best Cinematography, Best Music for an original song and Best Music for an original score. It was also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars that year.
-- SAMANTHA ALLEN