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The King Of Cool: Steve McQueen film series starts Thursday, January 7th

Tickets are now on sale here at the store for Seattle Art Museum's upcoming series celebrating screen icon Steve McQueen. The ten film retrospective begins this Thursday, January 7th with John Sturges' WWII adventure epic The Great Escape (starring an incredible ensemble cast, Steve and a motorcycle) and features such films as The Sand Pebbles, Bullitt and a one-two Peckinpah punch of Junior Bonner and The Getway. SAM has also confirmed that McQueen's wife, actress and author Neile McQueen Toffel, will be in attendance for the February 18th screening of BULLITT. Here's the full series list and information from SAM: KING OF COOL: THE FILMS OF STEVE MCQUEEN Thursdays, January 7–March 11, 2010, 7:30 pm SAM Downtown, Plestcheeff Auditorium Steve McQueen (1930–1980) would have been eighty years old in 2010, but he'll always be the cinematic King of Cool, maintaining a Zen master's composure in the midst of high drama. The iconic movie star with the bright blue eyes and beaming smile was also one of the screen's best actors. The aggressive yet sensitive and vulnerable product of a painful broken-home childhood and rebellious adolescent run-ins with the law, McQueen drew on deeply personal emotions for his performances. Audiences were touched and electrified by the authenticity of McQueen's humanity and the complexity of his simplicity, the way his stillness and silence could speak volumes. He knew that his thoughtful eyes could 'give you a look that says it all,' that a cool demeanor could express intense feelings. As one of his characters says 'I'm working. You just can't see it.' Tickets for all ten films: nonmembers $65; Northwest Film Forum, SIFF and SAM members $58 For tickets, call the SAM Box Office at 206.654.3121 or email Tickets are also available at Scarecrow Video. That's right! We have them for sale here at the counter. January 7: THE GREAT ESCAPE (John Sturges, 1963). James Garner, Richard Attenborough. In 35 mm, 168 min. January 14: BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL (Robert Mulligan, 1965). Lee Remick, Don Murray. In 35 mm, 93 min. January 21: THE CINCINNATI KID (Norman Jewison, 1965). Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret. In 35 mm, 102 min. January 28: NEVADA SMITH (Henry Hathaway, 1966). Karl Malden, Suzanne Pleshette. In 35 mm, 135 min. February 4: THE SAND PEBBLES (Robert Wise, 1966). Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen. In 35 mm, 193 min. February 11: THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Norman Jewison, 1968). Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke. In 35 mm, 102 min. February 18: BULLITT (Peter Yates, 1968). Robert Vaughn, Jacqueline Bisset. In 35 mm, 114 min. February 25: JUNIOR BONNER (Sam Peckinpah, 1972). Robert Preston, Ida Lupino. In 35 mm, 122 min. March 4: THE GETAWAY (Sam Peckinpah, 1972). Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson. In 35 mm, 122 min. March 11: PAPILLON (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1973). Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory. In 35 mm, 150 min. We have all this information available in a convenient flier form here in the store. Start the New Year off right with a some Steve McQueen!