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October 6, 2003

Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River

In honor of the upcoming silver anniversary of the Harvard Film Archive, we are pleased to host the regional premiere of the most highly anticipated feature film of the year, Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. Director Eastwood will deliver a personal videotaped message to the audience, Boston Symphony Orchestra pianist Brad Hatfield will perform a special musical rendition of the film's theme, and author Dennis Lehane will be present to discuss his novel and its translation to the screen. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the film preservation and screening programs of the HFA as it enters its twenty-fifth year.

This event is sponsored by Constellation Center (, a world-class performing and cinematic arts center to open in Cambridge, spring 2006. This event was made possible through the generosity of many individuals, companies, and organizations. Our special thanks are offered to Joe Hyams of Warner Brothers, Marco Barla and Malpaso Production, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino.

October 6 (Monday) 8 pm at Sanders Theater
Author Dennis Lehane in Person
Live Musical Performance by BSO Pianist Brad Hatfield
Special Benefit Event—All Tickets $25

Mystic River

Directed by Clint Eastwood
US, 2003, color, 130 min.
With Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins

This adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s celebrated novel Mystic River explores the interwoven history of three Boston men and their families, from their working-class childhood alliance to the reverberations of events in their future twenty-five years later. It is a story of misplaced intent, deep emotional conflict, and finite resolution, beginning with the abduction of a child and ending, in a cycle of tragic iteration years later, with another act of violence that reconnects the trio in uneasy alliance. Shot on location in and around the Boston area, this gripping mystery with deep social and psychological undertones has received wide critical acclaim in advance of its U. S. release.

A celebrated actor, director, producer, and frequent soundtrack composer, Clint Eastwood came of age as a filmmaker with the generation of New Hollywood auteurs. Yet his directorial career embodies a singular achievement, conjoining as it does the legacy of Hollywood professionalism with the less hierarchical terrain of independent production. While he remains a superstar in the film business, his true legacy may well emerge less from his trademark “make my day” glare than for his firm mastery of the codes of classical American cinema.

Dorchester native Dennis Lehane is the author of a series of highly acclaimed novels set in Boston that feature Patrick Gennaro and Angie McKenzie, a male-female detective pair. Considered among the finest of the contemporary detective writers, his Mystic River has received numerous accolades: it was nominated as a finalist for the PEN/Winship Award and received the Anthony and Barry awards for best novel and the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction.

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