Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Feb revivals: first half

Hey, Mike here with a list of revivals to catch for the first half of February. One correction from the last post. I did catch one more revival in 2010-11 than I did in 2009-10. I forgot to post The Great Dictator, from the Chaplin retrospective done last summer at the Forum. It slipped my mind until I spotted a documentary about Hitler and the film late on February 1st, followed by a screening of Great Dictator. It might be a little hard to watch the very first time on tv, but once you know it, it's easy to like. I real feel foolish for forgetting it. Anyway, moving on to this list, again keeping the descriptions as minimal as possible, followed by a link to whatever place is screening the films:

HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. and/or THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK- for free, subject to ticket availability- Fri Feb 4 at 4:30 (Harlan) and 8 (Milk)- MOMA- 2 films, both Oscar winners for Best Documentary, both free, subject to ticket availability.

First, Harlan County, U.S.A. , an Oscar winner in 1977. You can see this for 16 dollars on March 15 at 8 at IFC Center. But if you don't want to pay anything and can get out of work a little early, here's a free option. The documentary covers the 13 month coal miner strike, at times violent, in a small Eastern Kentucky town against the Eastover Mining Company. To quote the old description from the late Two Boots Pioneer website:

The story focuses on the miners and their families’ fight for decent living standards in an area where many still live in shacks with no indoor plumbing and work at jobs with little security and dangerous conditions. The film was named by Congress to the National Film Registry, designating it an "official" American film classic.

Next, The Times of Harvey Milk, one of the best films of 1984, and winner of the Best Documentary Oscar in 1985. If you know the movie Milk, here's the film that once you see this, you'd think Gus van Sant and all involved were playing this documentary on a running loop while preparing and filming. Archival footage and interviews give us an idea of the man. The picture covers his and Mayor George Moscone's assassination by Dan White, the murder trial, and the reaction to both, the Twinkie Defense, and the light sentence. Harvey Fierstein narrates:

THE BIG HEAT- Fri Feb 2 and Tues Feb 6 at 7:30 and 9:20- This film helped start the Forum's Fritz Lang retrospective, The Big Heat, was apparently such a big hit, that the Forum is giving the picture its own one week run. Glenn Ford plays an honest cop, hell bent on revenge after a gangster he's after kills his wife. Lee Marvin plays memorable mob muscle, but Gloria Grahme is the standout, almost in her own movie, as the scarred gun moll, who one might argue, is going down a darker path than Ford's:

THE AFRICAN QUEEN- Fri Feb 11 and Sat Feb 12 at 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40, Sun Feb 13 at 7:30, and Mon Feb 14 at 3:10, 5:20 and 7:30- The Friday Feb 11 7:30 screening features an intro by Stefan Kanfer , author of Tough Without A Gun: : The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, with a book signing after- Film Forum- A new 35mm restoration. The years it took to restore the classic Bogart-Hepburn-Huston film is almost legendary at this point, what with its original negatives shrunk and permanently damaged. Now, it looks better than it has in decades and it gets a one week run.
Filmed on location in the Belgian Congo, this romantic adventure film set a new standard for the genre, thanks to the powerful chemistry Huston drew from his stars. An AFI Top 100 film. Nominations for Picture, Hepburn and Screenplay, but an Oscar for Bogie. It's been considered partly (or mostly) for career achievment, considering Montgomery Clift was up for A Place in the Sun, and oh yeah, Brando for Streetcar. But considering he had only been nominated once at that time (for Casablanca) how upset could one be? 

A smaller list than usual, the next list or two might be that small or even smaller, we'll see. Later all.

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