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Short Stay + shorts Directed by Ted Fendt December 16-22 at Anthology Film Archives In a time of shockingly bad faith—in cinema audiences and the electorate, and in anyone elected, and anyone considered the elect; in short, of everyone in everyone else—Ted Fendt is a loyalist. His three short films and one feature have all been shot by the same cinematographer, Sage Einarsen, on 16mm film. Broken Specs, Travel Plans, Going Out, and the 61-minute Short Stay...
If you’re at all partial to repertory cinema—you’re visiting this site’s film section, so I’ll presume yes—you’ve likely paid attention to what format the screening will take. If it’s a 35mm print, a footnote may show up: “courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.” Maybe it was a local affair, hitting up Anthology’s hosting of Andy Milligan’s Bloodthirsty Butchers, or hightailed up to Lincoln Center for a Jackie Chan retrospective. Maybe you saw Penitentiary...
Fat City (1972) Directed by John Huston The Hustler is not really about pool, and great boxing movies—Raging Bull, Champion, The Set-Up—aren’t really about pugilism. Like much of his work, Huston’s late classic Fat City, set in a Stockton, California, befogged in the barren karma of the early 1970s, concerns the morbid silliness of dreams. Stacy Keach’s Tully, a soddenly weary palooka-cum-itinerant farmhand, and Jeff Bridges’ Ernie, a young chancer willing to take a beating, can...

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