Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Film Forum's UA fest

Film Forum sure loves United Artists, the filmmaker-forged studio that celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. Where would it be without return engagements of Raging Bull and Manhattan to fall back on in lean moviegoing times? Fittingly, that odd-duck pairing kicks off five weeks of programming from the UA vault, on March 28 and 29.

Stanley Kubrick is, inevitably, next, with a warmed-over double bill (admittedly outstanding) of Film Forum chestnuts Paths of Glory and The Killing. James Bond, Inspector Clouseau, Some Like it Hot (a movie I've always been a little cold to, frankly), A Hard Day's Night and a slew of Best Picture winners are also turning up for the celebration, as they must. I'm more interested in the nooks and crannies; the silent pictures featuring co-founder members Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, for example. (I recently read Eileen Whitfield's excellent bio of Pickford, a woman far ahead of her time; she accomplished so much, and might have accomplished so much more if she hadn't stalled out.) I'd have liked to have seen more of UA's noirs and horror/sci-fi pictures represented, but you can arrange your own festival via Netflix.

Something for most tastes, in any event...and preacher Robert Mitchum expects you to show the love by attending Night of the Hunter on Apr. 13-14.

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