Category Archives: Film Forum

Stanwyck and Capra: An Intense Connection, Revisited

“I would say Frank Capra fell in love with her,” biographer Victoria Wilson said of Barbara Stanwyck last night at Film Forum in New York City. Really, who can blame him? And now, thanks to Film Forum’s 40-film Stanwyck retrospective, … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS (2013)

The most enjoyable movie I’ve seen this summer is in black and white. That probably doesn’t surprise you. But what if I told you it’s not a classic from the Studio Era, but rather a current release from one of … Continue reading

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Screening Report: DUDDY KRAVITZ (1974) – Restored And Ready for a Comeback?

Like the lead character in his most critically acclaimed film, 82-year-old director Ted Kotcheff still has chutzpah aplenty. “I said to the producer, ‘If we don’t get a great Duddy Kravitz I’m not making this film!’” Kotcheff told the audience … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE KID (1921) at Film Forum + Chaplin Look-Alike Contest

It was just after noon on a spring Sunday, and I was chatting with a fellow cineaste outside Film Forum, the Downtown Manhattan movie mecca. “KID AUTO RACES? That’s Chaplin’s first short,” I said. “Well, it’s the first one where … Continue reading

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Screening Report: The 1933 Pre-Code Festival

On a recent Friday night, I struggled to find an empty seat at Film Forum, the Downtown Manhattan movie mecca where I spend most of my free time and discretionary dollars. Sold out shows are not uncommon at the cinema, … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Old Movie Weirdos

“You’re an Old Movie Weirdo,” my girlfriend said to me. “I know you don’t think you are, but you are.” Before we go any further, you need to know something about Maggie: she’s honest to a fault, particularly when it … Continue reading

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Screening Report: CARTOON CUT-UPS of 1933 at Film Forum

The cinematic celebration of 1933 – “Hollywood’s naughtiest, bawdiest year!” – continues at New York City’s Film Forum on Monday, February 25 with Cartoon Cut-ups of 1933, a collection of rare animated shorts released by RKO, Columbia, MGM, Warner Bros., … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Pre-Code Fun at Film Forum’s 1933 Festival

This weekend, Film Forum kicked off 1933: Hollywood’s Naughtiest, Bawdiest Year – a monthlong, 66-film retrospective of my favorite year in movie history. I didn’t say it was the best year in movie history, of course. That honor, at least during … Continue reading

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Screening Report: THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (1951) at Film Forum

Between 1947 and 1957, Ealing Studios produced a series of droll comedies that remain among the most beloved British films of all time. Robert Hamer’s KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS (1949), Charles Crichton’s THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (1951) and Alexander Mackendrick’s … Continue reading

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Screening Report: Harold Lloyd in THE KID BROTHER (1927) at Film Forum – Hurricane Sandy Special!

“Pretty good audience for Hurricane Sandy,” Repertory Director Bruce Goldstein said before Sunday’s screening of Harold Lloyd’s THE KID BROTHER (1927) at Film Forum – a theater on the outskirts of a New York City neighborhood about to be evacuated. … Continue reading

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