Melvin and Howard

Part of Dave Kehr: When Movies Mattered
Sunday, March 27, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Dir. Jonathan Demme. 1980, 95 mins.

35mm print. With Jason Robards, Paul Le Mat, and Elizabeth Cheshire. The true-life story of a man who stopped to give a lift to grizzled Howard Hughes and was later named an heir to his fortune, is the basis for Demme’s enchanting movie. “In its ideas and emotions, it’s the largest American movie in a long time, but it’s a modest, comfortable film, a movie that’s a pleasure to spend time with.”

Free with Museum admission.

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Melvin and Howard