Forever Burt: A 12-Film Burt Lancaster Retrospective – Feb. 28 – Mar. 30

Forever Burt

Burt Lancaster cut his teeth in the circus and vaudeville but achieved everlasting fame in the motion pictures. Iconic star of such classic films as THE KILLERS (1946), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957), and BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962), he acted with charm and wit, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s most glamorous and respected stars. Lancaster daringly performed his own stunts throughout his career, often making public appearances recreating noteworthy stunts as proof. Finally, with partners Harold Hecht and James Hill, Lancaster cannily produced films under their HHL banner—including many of Lancaster’s films and critical and commercial successes like MARTY (winner of the 1955 Academy Award for Best Picture). Lancaster’s film career spanned countless genres over five decades, during which the popularization of color in film, the Hollywood blacklist, and the move to widescreen all transformed the industry. This 12-film retrospective (all 35mm prints!) features some of Lancaster’s most esteemed roles and reveals that while changes to the industry are visible in the films, one constant remains: Lancaster and his trademark grin.

Complete Film listings:

February 28 – Friday 7 p.m.
March 1 – Saturday 4:30 p.m.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESSPurchase tickets now!


March 2 – Sunday 4:30 p.m.
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March 2 – Sunday 7 p.m.
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March 8 – Saturday 4:30 p.m.
TRAPEZEPurchase tickets now!


March 8 – Saturday 7 p.m.
March 9 – Sunday 4:30 p.m.
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March 14 – Friday 7 p.m.
March 15 – Saturday 7:30 p.m.
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March 16 – Sunday 4:30 p.m.
GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRALPurchase tickets now!


March 16 – Sunday 7 p.m.

VERA CRUZPurchase tickets now!


March 17 – Monday 6:30 p.m.
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZPurchase tickets now!


March 23 – Sunday 7 p.m.
ELMER GANTRYPurchase tickets now!


March 28 – Friday 7 p.m.
March 29 – Saturday 7 p.m.
THE SWIMMERPurchase tickets now!


March 30 – Sunday 7 p.m.
ATLANTIC CITYPurchase tickets now!



The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit

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