Category Archives: Film Forum

Honoring a Forgotten Chapter in Film History w/ “Pioneers of African-American Cinema”

I spent Valentine’s Day with the devil on a train to Hell. That’s not a euphemism for a relationship gone sour, it’s the plot of HELL-BOUND TRAIN (1930), a newly restored silent rarity that screened on Sunday at Film Forum … Continue reading

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Orson Welles’ EVIL – Still Touching Third Rails, 57 Years Later

TOUCH OF EVIL was supposed to be Orson Welles’ triumphant return to Hollywood after a decade in overseas exile. Sadly, that’s not how it turned out. “Universal loved the rushes,” Joseph McBride, author of three books on Welles, said last … Continue reading

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Ben and Frank Mankiewicz Talk CITIZEN KANE, Bobby Kennedy, and Living up to a Famous Name

As a host of Turner Classic Movies, Ben Mankiewicz is accustomed to interviewing living legends. Yesterday in New York City, he turned the mic on a legend he knows better than any other: his dad, Frank Mankiewicz. “There aren’t many fathers who … Continue reading

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Mr. Magoo and More: Celebrating the Centenary of John Hubley

Updated: 5/23/14 3:00 p.m. “John was a great lover of cinema, of the idea that film, in all its evolving forms, should be seen and valued as it is here at the Film Forum,” Ray Hubley said last night, at … Continue reading

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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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