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The Sir Anthony Hopkins Film Festival screens at the KiMo over next few months

KiMo Theater in downtown Albuquerque
KiMo Theater in downtown AlbuquerqueLindsay Waite

Probably Anthony Hopkins' best known role is as Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and the other two films that developed the Lecter character, "Hannibal" (2001) and "Red Dragon" (2002). He has had an extraordinary career in film and theater. I first saw him in the 1968 film, "The Lion in Winter," in which he portrayed King Richard I. But his extraordinary role in David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" (1980) - which screens Sunday afternoon in the KiMo's Sir Anthony Hopkins Film Festival - elevated him, in my eyes, to one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation. He is a prolific actor. Here is a link to IMDb with information on the many films in which he has appeared as well as the dozens of awards he has received.

The films being screened and the times and dates are as follows: "The Elephant Man" screens Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 pm; "The Bounty" screens Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 pm; "Silence of the Lambs" screens Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 pm; "Remains of the Day" screens Sunday, June 15 at 2:00 pm, and "Hitchcock" screens Sunday, June 29 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $5 to $7 and can be purchased online or at the KiMo, 423 Central Ave NW. Check out the KiMo's website for more details or call (505) 768-3522 for more information.

Below is a bit more information on each of the 5 films being screened at the KiMo.

"The Elephant Man" (1980)
"The Elephant Man" (1980) Johathan Sanger, Producer

"The Elephant Man" (1980)

"The Elephant Man," based on a true story, is David Lynch's vision of how someone with debilitating deformities of body and head would survive in the late 1800s in England.  Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Frederick Trevis, who tries to help this man but struggles with his own motives, asking "Am I a good man? Or a bad man?"

"The Bounty" (1984)
"The Bounty" (1984) Dino De Laurentiis Company

"The Bounty" (1984)

The story of Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) and Lieutenant William Bligh (Anthony Hopkins) was originally told in the novel (a fictionalized account of a true event) of writers Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall ("Mutiny on the Bounty," published in 1932).  Several films have been based on this story, but "The Bounty" is considered the most historically accurate. This seafaring tale is filled with adventure and beauty.  Hopkins' performance is intelligent and controlled.

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) Ronald M. Bozman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Producers

"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)

The control and despotism shown by Hopkins in "The Bounty" reappears in high relief in "The Silence of the Lambs."  While Hopkins' character of Hannibal Lecter was not on screen for the majority of the film, both he and Jodie Foster (as Clarice) won academy awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in this psychological thriller.  Who can't remember Hopkins' cold-blooded delivery of Lecter's lines in this frightening film?

"The Remains of the Day" (1993)
"The Remains of the Day" (1993) John Calley, Ismail Merchant, Mike Nichols, Producers

"The Remains of the Day" (1993)

Hopkins' character Stevens holds as a supreme virtue his service as a butler to his employer.  Feelings he has for Miss Kenton (Emma Thompson) must never be revealed.  Stevens struggles internally, as he suppressing feelings of love. He is blindly loyal to Lord Darlington (James Fox), who, it turns out, is not so much to be admired.  The nuanced performances of Hopkins and Thompson, where much is communicated without words, won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

"Hitchcock" (2012)
"Hitchcock" (2012) Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Hitchcock" (2012)

This film is about Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren) during the time he was filming "Psycho."   This film focuses on their marriage, which is strained since each distrust the other's loyalty.  While this is not the best of Hopkins' roles, it shows how he can step into character and even physically take on the appearance of the person he's portraying.