Texas Focus: Hud

Texas Spirit Theater | 35mm | NR | 112 min. | Drama

April 18, 2019 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the Texas film Hud.

Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.

Event Details

Filmed in and set in Texas, Hud was based on the 1961 novel, Horseman, Pass By, written by Texan Larry McMurtry. Hud was later described as a revisionist western that depicts generational conflict, social disorder, and a morally questionable protagonist, reflective of the turmoil felt during the 1960s throughout the country.

A cinematic exploration of the Texas narrative, the Museum's Texas Focus Film Series highlights stories by, for, and about Texans. This season's selections center around classic ideas of Texas and Texans as viewed on screen. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Spirit Theater Gallery Texas Film Poster exhibition, and includes a film screening and Q&A with J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor, Don Graham and Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, Paola Bonifazio. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX lobby doors.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 18+
Directors: Martin Ritt
Writers: Larry McMurtry (from a novel by), Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr.
Runtime: 112 min.
Genre: Drama
Release year: 1963


About the Film

Hud was shot in Vernon, Hunt, Claude, Goodnight, and various other areas of Texas. In preparation for his role, Paul Newman (title character, Hud Bannon) worked on a Texas cattle ranch for several weeks acquiring genuine calluses and a cowboy's lope.

Hud won three Academy Awards including Best Cinematography, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role with four additional Oscar nominations.

About the Guest Speakers

Don Graham, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas, is the author of numerous books on Texas, including Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas (1983), No Name on the Bullet:  A Biography of Audie Murphy (1989), Giant Country: Essays on Texas (1998), Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, (2003), and State of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents (2011). Kings of Texas won the Carr P. Collins Prize for Best Book of Nonfiction from the Texas Institute of Letters in 2008. His most recent book, published in 2018, is Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.

Paola Bonifazio is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD in Italian Studies from New York University (2008) and her M.A. in Italian and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (2003). In 2011-12, she was National Endowment for the Humanities/Andrew Mellon Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. Her research interests focus on film theory and history, gender studies, and feminist and postfeminist theories. She is currently working on a book manuscript on film melodrama and photo-novels from the late 1940s to the late 1970s. Her book Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores short film productions sponsored by state and non-state agencies to promote modernization and industry, and to govern the Italian people’s conduct.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

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