Among Dustin Hoffman’s indelible cinematic creations are The Graduate’s awkward Benjamin Braddock, Midnight Cowboy’s apoplectic Ratzo Rizzo, and Rain Man’s autistic Raymond Babbit. But nothing in this chameleon’s oeuvre compares to his Dorothy Michaels, the female alter ego invented by his Tootsie protagonist, out-of-work actor Michael Dorsey, to land a soap opera part. No-nonsense and tough-talking yet always lovingly genteel, Dorothy is a delightful deception, and audiences in Des Moines can enjoy her on the big screen when the Des Moines Art Center shows Tootsie tonight in a special free outdoor screening. Watch our Three Reasons video for Sydney Pollack’s marvelous comedy.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.