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The Lion in Winter (1968) Directed by Anthony Harvey "Did the Channel part for you?" A film, yes, but also a towering, regal monument to the healing power of sarcasm and sniping, the things that keep us sane, from which life, dreams, are made. Intelligence curdles into bitterness and every smile is a box of knives in this most voluptuous Christmas film. The Lion in Winter centers on a never-better Katharine Hepburn, winsome in her venom,...
The Front Page (1931) Directed by Lewis Milestone This phenomenally fast-moving early screwball comedy has for years circulated in theatrical prints of dubious quality, a situation to be hopefully changed by the arrival of a new 35mm restoration undertaken in partnership between the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation and based upon a print owned by producer Howard Hughes. The first screen adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s hit play relied in large...
The King of Comedy (1982) Directed by Martin Scorsese A belated twin to Taxi Driver, and the missing link between The Shining and Larry Sanders. In scouring-brush mustache and a ghastly succession of leisure suits, De Niro’s Rupert Pupkin fixates on—and ultimately kidnaps—a Carson-like TV host played by Jerry Lewis. The comic’s performance is one of masterful and astringent stillness, as precisely controlled as the seemingly spontaneous pratfalls and vocal tics that made his reputation, his...
The new HBO series Vinyl, which is being co-produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, has been filming all over New York City, from Midtown to Williamsburg. Yesterday however, film crews were spotted transforming Coney Island into a 1970s summertime haven, replete with all the big Chryslers and goofy signage straight from the era. Vinyl is a cocaine covered look at the wildest years of New York's record industry, when punk and glam were just breaking out...

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