Movie screenings and events in NYC
Do Ang Lee’s magnificently chilly Connecticut drama The Ice Storm (pictured) and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s grief tragedy Still Walking make a strange pairing? Not to actor Paul Dano (he got milkshook in There Will Be Blood). In celebration of his directorial debut, Wildlife, Dano will screen these two inspirations as a double feature, chatting with Lee and screenwriter-producer James Schamus in between.
Dearly departed director Jonathan Demme brought out the brassy side of Michelle Pfeiffer in this witty suburban mob comedy, made years before The Sopranos came along to dominate the genre.
Czech New Wave director Věra Chytilová's gleefully anarchic film centers on two young pranksters (Jitka Cerhová and Ivana Karbanová) who cause mischief rather than succumb to political oppression. The spectacle is at once a delight and a punk-feminist provocation.
Jeff Bridges gives the most inspired comic performance of the 1990s as the terminally laid-back Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski—and if you don’t agree, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man. But are these the Coens’ finest two hours? Inarguably.
Heartbreakingly romantic, Jean Vigo’s 1934 masterpiece is about two kids in love who travel the Seine on a barge. Who knows what the director might have accomplished had he not died at 29?
Call Me by Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino is about to unleash his remake, but it’s best to catch up with Dario Argento’s 1977 original first—a lovably lurid piece of Italian horror starring Jessica Harper as a ballerina stalked by witches.
It’s a natural pairing, given that this (superior) sequel has a lengthy stretch set down South. We also remember Fredo’s pathetic line: “How do you say banana daiquiri?” Expand the drinks menu, guys.
Anchored by Lino Ventura as a French Resistance hero, Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1969 espionage epic plays like a series of stealthy set pieces: daring escapes from the Gestapo, nighttime parachute jumps, even a submarine cruise. If you speak French, there’s a free half-hour lecture in between these two screenings given by journalist Olivier Barrot.
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