(I’m not trying to making an old corny joke with my headline–I just don’t have the heart shape on my keyboard.)
The 49th New York Film Festival which runs through October 16th, includes a main slate of 27 features, directed by world masters and newcomers. And this year, Film Society’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which opened in June, with two screening rooms and an amphitheater, helped make the expansion of the sidebar sections possible.
While I would happily settle in as the lights dim for anything at NYFF, here are five recommendations, one from Masterworks and four from Special Events. (I’ll blog about several of the 27 as they open in New York in the coming months.)
“You Are Not I,” Sara Driver’s seminal 1981 New York/No Wave b&w film, adapted from a Paul Bowles story and shot by Jim Jarmusch, stars Suzanne Fletcher (who has a face like no one else) as a woman who takes advantage of an episode of chaos to wander away from an asylum. (Masterworks, 10/6, 9:00 pm, Walter Reade Theater.)
Roger Corman, Hollywood maverick (sorry to use the word that Sarah Palin has rendered all but a cliche), “King of the Bs,” producer and director, jumpstarter of the major careers of others including Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme, is profiled in the documentary, “Corman’s World” (which includes often hilarious commentary from friends and disciples). It will be followed by a screening of his 1962 film “The Intruder.” (Special Events, 10/16, 1:30 pm, Walter Reade Theater.)
Awestruck to find myself in Pauline Kael’s office at the New Yorker, I was totally amazed when the legendary film critic got up from her sofa to greet me, and stood significantly under my height of 5’1″. A panel discussion on her life, work and lasting influence,”Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark,” will be followed by James Toback’s “Fingers.” (Special Events, 10/15, 7:00 pm, Francesca Beale Theater.)
“Music According to Tom Jobim,” directed by the great Brazilian director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, is a concert film spanning time and geography–everyone has sung and played composer/performer Jobim’s songs: Gal Costa, Caetano Vel0s0, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall (and my cat, Coda–not included in the documentary). (Special Events, 10/2, 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm, Walter Reade Theater.)
To celebrate and honor the 20th anniversary of the essential distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, Film Society presents “20 Years of Art Cinema: A Tribute to Sony Pictures Classics.” Film clips and a conversation with co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will be followed by a screening of their first release, “Howard’s End.” (Special Events, 10/6, 7:00 pm, Francesca Beale Theater.)