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Susan Sarandon's Famous (and Some Forgotten) Roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Before she was known for her political activism, Susan Sarandon did the time warp (again), counseled a death row inmate and exploded the oil tanker of a rude truck driver on screen. Starting Thursday and through Sunday, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will host a 13-film series featuring Sarandon, with some films followed by question-and-answer sessions.

S.T. VanAirsdale, Editor at Movieline.com, says Sarandon is particularly memorable for her ability to exude sexiness and intelligence interchangeably. VanAirsdale says that newer generations might consider her an older actress who hasn't lost the sensual touch. But in the past 10 years, he says, Sarandon has been known more for her political, left-leaning activism.

"She's kind of, I think, more of a political icon maybe now than anything else," he said. "A Hollywood Liberal—Capital H., capital L." But both onscreen and in political circles, VanAirsdale says Sarandon is undaunted by critics, political or otherwise. "She's fearless, and for better or worse, she speaks her mind and I think you have to admire that," he says.

Check out clips below from some films showing at BAM this weekend.

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Hunger (1983)

Twilight (1998)

 


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