Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Paul Newman

July 9–August 7, 2011

Paul Newman delivered some of the richest and most indelible performances in American film of the past 50 years. If his good looks made him one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars, it was his ability to inhabit roles that cut against his handsome physique that made him such a great actor. Newman relished playing distinctly imperfect characters, flawed men who are self-destructive, weak, or immoral. He was also an actor who refused to glide through parts on his charm; his performances are understated and thoughtful. We can often see the wheels spinning as a character of his sizes up a situation and seeks some kind of redemption.