Taken solely on his merits as an actor, Robert Redford would be considered one of the defining talents of his time. His critically acclaimed turns in such blockbusters as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), and The Sting (1973) could reasonably stand as the pinnacle of any actor’s career. As made clear by the Walker Art Center’s six-week retrospective, Robert Redford: Independent/Visionary, such celebrated roles were only the start of a daring and enduring legacy. In addition to his acting, Redford branched out into directing, scoring an Oscar win for his debut, Ordinary People (1980), and an Oscar nomination for Quiz Show (1994). Both films will be highlighted, along with some of Redford’s most iconic acting roles, as part of the retrospective’s Wednesday-night screenings. As the founder of the Sundance Institute, Redford’s enormous influence in the stewardship of independent film is similarly acknowledged with weekend screenings of films curated from the organization’s prestigious roster, including recent favorite, this year’s Certain Women (whose director, Kelly Reichardt, will be on hand). All of these myriad facets of Redford’s career, as well as other insights into the film industry, environmental causes, and the state of our culture, are sure to be explored during the main event, a live (and very sold out) dialogue on November 12 between Redford and noted film critic Amy Taubin. Visit www.walkerart.org for a complete schedule.