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Drug Addled Bobby

Relative newbie Al Pacino entered the public’s conscience in Godfather (1972) as well-intentioned, reluctant gangster heir Michael Corleone.  Director Francis Ford Coppola dominated critical and proletariat success with that trilogy, and Pacino as the leader upon which action revolved became a secure casting … Continue reading

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Flints of Fury

During my UPenn ugrad Nazi Cinema course, Fritz Lang stuck in my memory due to his powerful M (1931) showing with a shockingly chubby Peter Lorre.  The lecture talked about the duplicity in the German language with whether the title … Continue reading

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Save Your Ass Godard Style

Director Jean-Luc Godard maintained an unorthodox style past the French New Wave (late 1950s and 1960s) apex and petering years.  In 1980, he directed Every Man for Himself or Save Your Ass with a screenplay by Anne-Marie Miéville (had worked … Continue reading

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All Things Lennon: Nowhere Boy

As part of the 7oth anniversary of John Lennon’s birthday on October 9th, New York has dedicated an entire weekend to Lennon revelry.  Film Forum opened Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy (2009) on October 8th.  On Sunday, several members of Lennon’s … Continue reading

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What are the Odds Against Tomorrow?

Savoring the end credit roll of Blue Collar with its red background on black text, Robert Wise‘s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) finished the evening hitting similarities found in Schrader’s film. New York City streets appear desolate signifying a recovery and … Continue reading

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The Heist Doubleheader

Before THE HEIST‘s two smartly paired screenings (Blue Collar and Odds Against Tomorrow), director of Blue Collar (1978) and writer of Taxi Driver (1976) Paul Schrader surprised audiences with his impromptu appearance.  Initially telling Film Forum’s Director of Repertory Programming … Continue reading

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Interactive Tingler

Competing with sunny weather and New Yorkers’ proclivity to flee on weekends, Film Forum attempts to bewitch you into dark, unlit lairs of cinema houses.  They have a sense of humor about it too. On the ticket booth window, in … Continue reading

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