During the filmmaking revolution of the 1960s and 70s, Bruce Dern emerged as the epitome of a new breed of American movie star. A virtuoso character actor who specialized in complicated, messed-up men, Dern made his mark in many of the definitive counterculture movies of the era.
In conjunction with the release of his new film, Nebraska—for which he received the Best Actor award at Cannes—BAMcinématek pays tribute to this ever-surprising actor. All films starring Bruce Dern.
Jane Fonda and Jon Voight won Academy Awards for their work in this Vietnam War drama.
Made just after The Birds, Marnie is Hitchcock unleashed—carnal, bitter, and weird.
Bette Davis goes gloriously over-the top in Aldrich’s demented film.
Jane Fonda and Bruce Dern are outlaw motorcycle gang members in pursuit of pleasure.
Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern star in this goofy satire by Gremlins director Joe Dante.
Subversive genre maestro Joe Dante plumbs dark recesses of suburbia in this 3D fantasy.
Nominated for nine Academy Awards, this hard-hitting drama stars Jane Fonda.
Douglas Trumbull's cautionary ecological tale is a surprising, perceptive study of loneliness.
A man facing marital crisis (Peter Fonda) seeks help from an LSD guru friend (Bruce Dern).
Bruce Dern is in deranged Charles Manson mode in this hippiesploitation time capsule.
Bruce Dern stars as a hustler in one of the most uncompromising films of the 70s.
Walter Hill’s taut existential thriller is pure 70s—and a deft throwback to the noir era.
Walter Hill’s art-house Western recounts the life of Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges).
Walter Hill transposes Kurosawa’s Yojimbo to Prohibition-era Texas.
A taciturn detective (Walter Matthau) digs into a baffling crime with icy precision.
Bruce Dern displays an under-utilized gift for comedy in this beauty pageant satire.
Bruce Dern is “simply marvelous” (Variety) in Alexander Payne’s American heartland drama.
Cannes Best Actor winner Bruce Dern comes to BAM for an in-depth discussion of his career.