FILM FORUM ANNOUNCES SPRING/SUMMER 2017 REPERTORY LINE-UP
New York City's repertory institution Film Forum has just sent out it's lineup of treats in store for the Spring / Summer including a new anniversary 35mm print of Reservoir Dogs and a sensational festival of gritty classics from the mean street of 1970s New York City;
April 28 – May 11
MELVILLE: A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE
Two-week, 13-film retrospective dedicated to French Film Noir master Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-1973), in honor of the director’s centennial. Films include Le Samouraï, Le Deuxième Souffle, Bob le Flambeur, Army of Shadows, Le Doulos, and Un Flic, along with rarities imported from France especially for the festival and the unseen director’s cut of Léon Morin, Priest (see below).
“Melville was not just a father figure to the French New Wave. He was ascetic warrior priest.”
– J. Hoberman
The Unseen Director’s Cut
LÉON MORIN, PRIEST
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo & Emmanuelle Riva
(1961) U.S. premiere of the director’s cut of Melville’s drama set during the Occupation, including 13 minutes of never-before-seen footage. (See below for additional tribute to the late Emmanuelle Riva.)
May 19 – June 1
25th Anniversary 35mm Restoration
Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth & Steve Buscemi
(1992) New 35mm print of Tarantino’s explosive feature debut, in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.
Commemorating the 125th anniversary of his birth
“THE LUBITSCH TOUCH”
After making hit sex comedies and lavish spectacles in his native Germany, Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) revolutionized American movies with a sui generis subtlety, visual wit, and sophisticated innuendo — the fabled “Lubitsch Touch” (as definitive a trademark as “Master of Suspense” would be for Hitchcock), inventing the modern movie musical and romantic comedy in the process. The 2-week, 29-film festival includes Trouble in Paradise, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, The Smiling Lieutenant, and To Be or Not To Be, along with the director’s rarely-seen silent comedies and epics, including films imported especially for the festival. Silents will all feature live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner.
Vittorio De Sica’s
Starring Alberto Sordi
(1963) First ever U.S. theatrical engagement of De Sica’s black comedy, set during the Italy’s economic boom of the early 1960s, starring comedy icon Sordi (Mafioso, The White Sheik, etc.) and written by Cesare Zavattini (The Bicycle Thief, Shoeshine, etc.). New restoration.
June 28 – July 4
(1960) From the director of Touchez-pas au Grisbi and Casque d’Or. New 4K restoration of Becker’s prison break drama, based on the book by ex-con José Giovanni.
“FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD”
New York in the 70s
23-day, 44-film festival spotlighting the astonishing cinematic output and dramatic cultural upheaval of New York City in the 1970s. from directors including Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, Elaine May, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, and many others. Films include Serpico, News from Home, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Warriors, Saturday Night Fever, Klute, Where’s Poppa?, A New Leaf, Cruising, Shaft, Taxi Driver, Husbands, All That Jazz, Marathon Man, Manhattan, and many others.
Saturday, May 1 at 7:00
WAKE IN FRIGHT
Director Ted Kotcheff in person
(1971) Nightmarish vision of male bonding gone insane. Following the screening, director Ted Kotcheff will appear in person for a Q&A, and will sign copies of his new memoir, Director’s Cut: My Life in Film, in the lobby.
Wednesday, May 3 at 8:10
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Betty Comden’s Birth
IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER
Introduced by Amanda Green
(1955) Special screening of Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, and Comden & Green’s follow up to On the Town. The screening will be introduced by actress, singer, and Tony-nominated lyricist/songwriter, Amanda Green, daughter of Adolph Green, Betty’s writer partner for over 60 years. Screening on 35mm.
Wednesday, May 10 at 2:15 and 7:00
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Joan Crawford’s Death
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
Joan’s grandson Casey LaLonde in person
(1962) Special screening introduced by Crawford’s grandson Casey LaLonde, who will read excerpts from her 1962 memoir A Portrait of Joan and her 1971 advice book My Way of Life.
Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 at 5:30
Homage to Emmanuelle Riva
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR
(1959) New 4K restoration of Resnais’ classic, starring Emmanuelle Riva, who died this past January at age 89.
(See Léon Morin, Priest above.)
Monday, May 15 at 7:00
25th Anniversary Restoration
GAS FOOD LODGING
Director Allison Anders in person
(1992) 25th anniversary special event screening of the woman’s road picture, which had its New York premiere at Film Forum in 1992. Director Anders will appear for a Q&A following the screening
Saturday, May 20 at 4:40
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
Co-presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
With special guests Ben Burtt & Craig Barron
(1938) One of the greatest of all Hollywood swashbucklers (in gorgeous Technicolor), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Following the film, Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Oscar®-winning sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.), whose careers were inspired by classic Hollywood movies, will de-construct the extraordinary artistry behind Robin Hood, with a special emphasis on matte painting and sound effects — including a re-creation of the archery tests that went into finding just that right “zing” sound.
Sunday, June 18 at 1:30
Maria Cooper Janis and Glenn Frankel in person
(1952) Special event screening of Fred Zinnemann’s classic Western, with a Q&A with Maria Cooper Janis, daughter of Gary Cooper, and author Glenn Frankel following the film. Mr. Frankel’s new book High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (published by Bloomsbury), and Gary Cooper: Enduring Style, by Ms. Janis and G. Bruce Boyer, will be on sale at our concession, with lobby book signing to follow event.
Monday, June 26 at 6:10
Back by popular demand
THE ART OF SUBTITLING
Presented by Jerome Rudes and Bruce Goldstein
In this expanded version of the acclaimed talk first presented here in January, Bruce Goldstein will give a history of translation and subtitling in the movies and his own insights as subtitle editor of over 30 classic films, then Mistral Artist’s Jerome Rudes, subtitle supervisor of over 200 films, will give a subtitling Master Class, showing how new computer software has helped make subtitles better than ever and how the skillful subtitler can subtly convey foreign language dialogue, in as few words as possible.
Film Forum’s repertory calendar is programmed
by Bruce Goldstein.