Haute Event: Robert Duvall Honored by the Dallas Film Society

Film critic Elvis Mitchell on stage with Robert Duvall.

The Dallas Film Society honored screen legend Robert Duvall at its inaugural fall fund-raising event, The Art of Film, sponsored by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, on Nov. 19.

Oscar-winner Duvall was presented with the Dallas Star Award following a red carpet entrance and an enthralling hour-long conversation with renowned film critic Elvis Mitchell.

Duvall kept the sold-out crowd laughing for much of his time onstage. He recalled the tale of being in a bar in Fort Worth when one of the patrons locked eyes with him in delighted recognition. As the gentleman approached him quietly not wishing to reveal the celebrity in their midst, he greeted him, “Hello, Terry Bradshaw!” He said it happens often and many times he is mistaken for Gene Hackman.

Once he was driving across West Texas with wife Luciana in the pilot chair driving the wrong direction. There was no traffic in sight and the speedometer was inching past the speed limit. Red lights began flashing in the rear view mirror and they pulled over to receive their punishment. The state trooper walked up and as he saw them he exclaimed, “Oh my God, Lonesome Dove!” They told him they were lost and he said, “Follow me” and began driving equally as fast in the right direction.

Four hundred guests left the Hall of State, Fair Park buzzing with happy memories of the evening. The Art of Film helped raise more than $150,000 to support the Dallas Film Society’s year-round education and community outreach programs.