Downhill Racer

Robert Redford stars in this superior sports flick from 1969 (part of NWFF's ongoing "69" retrospective series). Here playing against his good looks and golden boy charisma, Redford shows us the flip side of athletic glory--his ski racer is self-centered, ungenerous, and so obsessed with winning that it's cost him his soul. The film was shot on gorgeous locations in the Alps, and Redford does much of his own skiing. Gene Hackman plays Redford's disapproving coach. In his first collaboration with director Michael Ritchie, who'd later direct him in The Candidate, Redford reminds us that nice guys finish last. And conversely: Winners shouldn't be worshipped. Followed at 9:15 p.m. by the X-rated European Camille 2000 (also from 1969), which puts a swinging '60s spin on the old novel. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

July 17-23, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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