On Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. The Picture House Regional Film Center (TPH) will show the documentary Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg (1 hr. 34 mins.) followed by a discussion with the director, TPH’s Critic-in-Residence Marshall Fine, and the subject of the film, legendary comedian Robert Klein.
In the documentary, Fine follows Klein in his daily routines, and gives viewers an inside look at a seasoned comic improvising jokes about everyday life: grocery shopping, getting a haircut and hanging out with pals. Interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, to name a few, as well as clips from some of Klein’s seminal routines, round out this entertaining portrait.
After the screening, TPH’s Critic-in-Residence Marshall Fine who also directed the film, will moderate a discussion and Q&A with Robert Klein. For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences and he continues to have an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film. Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed Second City theatrical troupe in Chicago. Klein was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album of the Year. He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, They’re Playing Our Song. In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein’s, The Sisters Rosensweig. In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on HBO. He has gone on to do nine one-man shows for HBO and received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2001 for Robert Klein: Child in His 50’s.
Among dozens of starring and guest-starring roles on television, he co-starred in the hit NBC series, Sisters, has a recurring guest-starring role on Law and Order and has guest starred on The Good Wife, Madam Secretary and Royal Pains. Klein made more than 100 appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman and has hosted Saturday Night Live three times. He is a current favorite on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Fine was long-time film critic for The Journal-News national film correspondent for Gannett News Service, and film/TV critic for Star magazine. A three-time-chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, he is a contributing editor to Cigar Aficionado magazine. He writes about film on a regular basis for his website, Hollywood & Fine (hollywoodandfine.com for the Huffington Post. The author of biographies of directors Sam Peckinpah and John Cassavetes, he also directed a documentary about film critic Rex Reed.
Tickets to the special screening and discussion are $15/general admission, $12/students, seniors, and members and are available at www.thepicturehouse.org or at the box office, 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY 10803