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Blue Velvet (1986) Directed by David Lynch In the autumn and winter of 2014-15, an exhibition of David Lynch’s early pieces, The Unified Field, was on display at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. Lynch spent several years studying here, creating a body of work with a je ne sais quoi only identifiable as his own. The exhibit featured sculpture, painting, and short films, all of which explored the same paradigms...
Strange Victory (1948) Directed by Leo Hurwitz BAM kicks off its admirable tribute to leftist intellectual periodical Evergreen Review with this film that actually predates the Review (founded 1957), though it was produced by founder Barney Rosset of Grove Press. The film and Evergreen also share the same basic populist, anti-racist spirit. Strange Victory is a heady and passionate hybrid that is equal parts essay, narrative, documentary and propaganda. The Williamsburg-born Hurwitz, a blacklistee whose...
De Palma screens at 6pm on Wednesday, September 30, as a special presentation of the 53rd New York Film Festival, with codirectors Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, and subject Brian De Palma all in attendance. A24 has acquired the film's distribution rights. This is my fourth year covering the New York Film Festival, and one of my fondest festival memories, oddly enough, is seeing Brian De Palma's Passion back in 2012. Hardly anyone would dare...