Private Screenings: Anthony Quinn
In Private Screenings: Anthony Quinn, the star recalls his working relationships with such great filmmakers as Cecil B. De Mille, who not only directed him but was his father-in-law; director William Wellman; sex symbol Rita Hayworth; Gary Cooper; Federico Fellini; and Kirk Douglas. He hails Marlon Brando as his favorite actor, and also shares that Douglas's performance as Vincent Van Gogh in LUST FOR LIFE was one of the greatest he ever witnessed. In addition, he discusses the simple life he currently lives, painting and raising the two young children he shares with his wife. But he still plays an active role in filmmaking and is currently trying to secure backing for his dream project, a film biography of author Leo Tolstoy. After a childhood spent traveling around the U.S. and his native Mexico, the Mexican-Irish actor pursued his first great dream, architecture, as a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who encouraged him to deal with a speech problem by taking acting classes. When those classes led to a contract at Universal Studios, Quinn changed careers. He made his film debut as a gangster in Parole! in 1936, and for a decade was typed in villainous roles as gangsters, pirates and Native Americans. Fearing he would never surmount typecasting, Quinn left Hollywood in the late '40s to study at the Actor's Studio in New York, then spent two years as Stanley Kowalski in the original touring company of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.
That success (some critics thought he played the role better than Brando) led to better film roles, including Brando's brother in Viva Zapata!, (1952) which brought him his first Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor. He won a second Oscar® as artist Paul Gauguin in LUST FOR LIFE (1956), then created an international sensation as the traveling strong man in director Federico Fellini's LA STRADA (1954)). Quinn secured his hold on stardom with roles like the retiring prize fighter in REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (1962), then shot to superstardom as the life-loving Zorba the Greek (1964).
BW & C-53m. Closed captioning.