Nat Hentoff, the legendary jazz critic, First Amendment advocate, political commentator, and libertarian, is profiled in this new documentary. “Sharp-looking and enjoyable.” –The Hollywood Reporter.
In part two of Mark Donskoy’s humanistic, lyrical three-part telling of the early life of Russian writer Maxim Gorky, Alexei leaves home and works odd jobs along the banks of the Volga.
The Wooster Group’s legendary 1977 experimental theatre production, in which co-writer Spalding Gray tried to make sense of his mother’s depression and suicide, is reconstructed in this new video that incorporates U-Matic video, Super-8 movies, reel-to-reel audio tapes, photos, and slides from the original groundbreaking show. The reimagining is haunted by Gray’s own death in 2004 (a presumed suicide).
Pioneering indie filmmaker (and former Clevelander) Joan Micklin Silver appears in person to discuss her 1975 classic that helped launch the modern era of American independent cinema. (It was selected for The Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in 2011.) Set on New York’s Lower East Side at the end of the 19th century, Hester Street tells of a Russian Jewish immigrant couple whose marriage is strained by the idea of assimilation: he wants to, she doesn’t.
In part three of Mark Donskoy’s humanistic, lyrical three-part telling of the early life of Russian writer Maxim Gorky, Alexei is “radicalized” and adopts the pen name Maxim Gorky.
In this affecting new film set largely in New Delhi, a poor man who makes his living by repairing zippers sends away his teenage son to work in a distant factory. But when the boy doesn’t return home at the appointed time, the father searches for him far and wide, fearing he has been abducted by child traffickers.
A wealthy Southern family is riven by greed and corruption in this sinister, corrosive film version of Lillian Hellman’s famous play. Bette Davis is regal. Cinematographer Gregg Toland shot this movie right after he did Citizen Kane.