First Stop: The Taking of Pelham 123″
March 16, 7pm
There’s never a dull moment for Transit Bureau detective Walter Matthau, who starts his day with a tour group of Japanese engineers and ends it with a car chase that sends him careening towards City Hall. Matthau meets his match in glassy-eyed heist-master Robert Shaw, who enlists a cast of psychopaths, bureaucrats and stoners to hijack a downtown-bound 6 train. Pelham’s creepily accurate portrayal of straphanger nonchalance, pressroom panic and the New York’s gritty heyday leaves the audience oscillating between moments of dry wit and seat-gripping suspense. Featuring Jerry Stiller as Matthau’s wise-cracking lieutenant and Lee Wallace as a familiar caricature of the recently-departed Mayor Koch.
“The Taking of Pelham 123,” $13. Screening of the iconic 1974 heist film, introduced the film’s sound recordist, Chris Newman, two-time Academy Award winning sound … Read More »
BRAVE NEW WORLD, SAME OLD SHTICK: CINEMA FROM NEW YORK’S LOWER EAST SIDE
FEATURING FIVE RESTORED ARCHIVAL FILMS FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR JEWISH FILM
Cinebeasts is a not-for-profit film society that screens unusual films in unusual venues throughout the five Boroughs. Long time fans of Anthology Film Archives, we sought to put together a program that would be “site specific.” Given Anthology’s historic location – 2nd and 2nd – Cinebeasts felt that the films should highlight the Lower East Side’s cinematic heritage.
Before World War II, lower Second Avenue was known as the “Jewish Rialto” – a hotbed of Yiddish-language theaters, cinemas, and amusement halls. In this program, we will revisit the Old Lower East Side during its heyday as the mecca of Jewish culture, highlighting five extraordinary short films, all drawn from the collection of the National Center for Jewish Film, … Read More »