We are thrilled to announce the return of Richard Gere to Reel Pieces with his latest film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. He will be joined by the writer-director Joseph Cedar, who also made the award-winning Israeli films Footnote and Beaufort.
Richard Gere has starred in both Hollywood successes and challenging independent films. Initially celebrated for hits like An Officer and a Gentleman, American Gigolo, and Pretty Woman, he has widened his repertoire to include roles in Days of Heaven, Chicago, I’m Not There and Time Out of Mind.
In Norman, he plays a Jewish Manhattanite who yearns to feel important, and ingratiates himself with a deputy minister (Israeli superstar Lior Ashkenazi). The supporting cast includes Steve Buscemi, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens and Hank Azaria. When Norman premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Todd McCarthy wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, Gere is “fascinating onscreen from beginning to end. Of the countless hustler characters who have driven dramatic films over the decades, Gere makes this one distinctive.”
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- Richard Gere
Humanitarian, actor, and Golden Globe winner, Richard Gere is known for his roles in films such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Days of Heaven, American Gigolo, Pretty Woman, First Knight, Primal Fear and Chicago. Among his most recent projects are Time Out of Mind, directed by Oren Moverman; and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, directed by John Madden. Gere also recently appeared alongside Susan Sarandon in Arbitrage, directed by Nicolas Jarecki. His performance brought him Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations. Gere will next appear in Franny, directed by Andrew Renzi, and Oppenheimer Strategies, co-starring Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, and Steve Buscemi. In 2009, Gere starred in Fox Searchlight’s Amelia, opposite Hilary Swank and Ewan McGregor. In addition, he was seen in Lasse Hallström’s Hatchi: A Dog’s Trail, a drama based on the true story of a college professor’s bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. In the same year, he starred in “Brooklyn’s Finest” alongside Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke. In 2007 he starred in Lasse Hallström's critically acclaimed film The Hoax based on the true story of Clifford Irving (Gere) who sells his bogus biography of Howard Hughes to a premiere publishing house in the early 1970s. That year, he starred in The Hunting Party, which tells the story of two journalists in post-war Bosnia and in I’m Not There, a film that provides a view into the life and songs of the legendary Bob Dylan as told through seven-characters. The all-star cast includes Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, and Heath Ledger. In 2003, Gere won his first Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of the infamous lawyer Larry Flynn in Chicago. Other notable credits include Shall We Dance with Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez; Unfaithful with Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez; Mothman Prohecies; Runaway Bride; Looking for Mr. Doodbar; Blood Brothers; Yanks; and Internal Affairs.
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- Annette Insdorf
Annette Insdorf is Professor in the Graduate Film Program of Columbia’s School of the Arts, and she served as Director of Undergraduate Film Studies for 27 years. From 1975 to 1988 she taught film history and criticism at Yale University, and since 1983 she has been host of 92Y’s Reel Pieces series. Among her books are Francois Truffaut; Indelible Shadows: Film and Holocaust (winning the National Board of Review’s William K. Everson Award in Film History in January 2003 for the third edition); Philip Kaufman (the first book about the director of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and The Right Stuff) and Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Her writings have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Film Comment, The Washington Post, Newsweek and the Huffington Post.
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