With a career spanning over six decades, Harry Dean Stanton was beloved for his weathered face, easy tenor voice, and candid approach to acting and life. After decades of playing bit parts in westerns and gangster films, in the late 70s and early 80s Stanton began to attract the attention of rogue directors like Monte Hellman and Alex Cox, who recognized that a dash of Stanton’s quiet presence could add the texture and grit needed to make a good film great. Stanton had two lead roles in his lifetime: as a heartbroken wanderer in Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas, and an aging cowboy-philosopher in John Carroll Lynch’s new drama Lucky. But he’s best known for playing small yet memorable parts in cult films like John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, Ridley Scott’s Alien, and Howard Deutch’s Pretty in Pink.

Though his death in September was a blow to film lovers everywhere, Harry’s work is preserved in hundreds of films to be felt and appreciated by future generations. In December, we remember this American legend with a survey of his acting work—in roles big and small.

In the month of December, bring a ticket stub from any December MFA film to the Coolidge Corner Theater for a $3 discount on regularly priced feature films, subject to availability.

See a list of showtimes for this series

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In This Series

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Film

The Straight Story
December 24, 2017
11:30 am1:30 pm

Directed by David Lynch (USA/France/UK, 1999, 112 min.). 35mm.

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Film

Paris, Texas
December 24, 2017
2:00 pm4:30 pm

Directed by Wim Wenders (West Germany/France/UK, 1984, 150 min.). 35mm.

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Lucky
December 27, 2017
8:00 pm9:35 pm

Directed by John Carroll Lynch (USA, 2017, 88 min.). Digital.

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Film

Death Watch
December 28, 2017
5:00 pm7:15 pm

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (France/West Germany, 1980, 130 min.). Digital.

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Christine
December 28, 2017
8:00 pm9:55 pm

Directed by John Carpenter (USA, 1983, 110 min.). 35mm.

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One from the Heart
December 29, 2017
5:30 pm7:20 pm

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (USA, 1982, 107 min.). 35mm.

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Alien
December 29, 2017
8:00 pm10:00 pm

Directed by Ridley Scott (USA, 1979, 117 min.). 35mm.

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Christine
December 30, 2017
11:00 am12:55 pm

Directed by John Carpenter (USA, 1983, 110 min.). 35mm.

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
December 30, 2017
1:30 pm2:50 pm

Directed by Sophie Huber (USA/Switzerland, 2012, 77 min.). Digital.

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Lucky
December 30, 2017
3:30 pm5:05 pm

Directed by John Carroll Lynch (USA, 2017, 88 min.). Digital.

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Film

Fire Walk With Me
December 31, 2017
12:00 pm2:15 pm

Directed by David Lynch (USA, 1992, 135 min.). Digital.

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Alien
December 31, 2017
3:00 pm5:00 pm

Directed by Ridley Scott (USA, 1979, 117 min.). 35mm.