5TH INT'L WAYNE FEDERMAN FILM FEST: Rob Corddry presents Arthur

Rob Corddry seems to love placing (or playing) typically unlikeable characters in delightfully uncomfortable situations, from his show-stealing turn in Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay to his squirm-inducing television show, Children’s Hospital, Corddry imbues characters with a sense of humanity and likeability that’s near impossible to resist. So, what could be a better pairing than Steve Gordon’s 1981 soft-hearted, booze-fest Arthur?

Dudley Moore plays an eternally-drunken man boy who is taxi’d around NY by his butler, while searching for love. Arthur is set to marry an heiress–which will appease his family and guarantee his fortune–but he’s fallen hard for the irresistible Linda (a magnificent and genuine performance from Liza Minnelli). In the words of Roger Ebert, “Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to love a drunk like Arthur Bach, who spends his wasted days in a poignant search for someone who will love him, will care for him, will inflame his passions, and soothe his pain, and who, most of all, will laugh at his one-liners.”

Dir. Steve Gordon, 1981, 35mm, 97 min.

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