Paul Muni was one of the great actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, a chameleonic performer who created his own distinctive makeup and specialized in depicting real-life individuals on the screen.
Today, though, few moviegoers are familiar with the work of this Oscar-winning master. The Library’s December film series will correct that by featuring titles in which Muni plays a gangster, a convict, a famous scientist, and a great French writer.
Muni won his only Academy Award for his portrayal of the renowned French scientist whose advances in microbiology revolutionized agriculture and medicine. The picture also took home Oscars for best screenplay and best story.
In the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
Scarface  (1932; NR)
December 7, 2013
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang  (1932; NR)
December 14, 2013
The Story of Louis Pasteur  (1936; NR)
December 21, 2013
The Life of Emile Zola  (1937; NR)
December 28, 2013