Last night, as part of this month’s Brian De Palma retrospective at Metrograph, the director himself sat down for a Q&A after a screening of his 1970 comedy Hi, Mom!, in which a fresh-faced Robert de Niro plays an “urban guerrilla” who voyeuristically photographs the residents of NYU’s Silver Towers. (Check out the film’s genius opening sequence for a tour of a squalid, $66-a-month Lower East Side apartment.) De Palma said revisiting the film so many years later was “like seeing a lot of old photographs, really— I mean, you see these people you took pictures of when they were in their 20s and now we’re old, old men.”
Vinyl, the Scorsese-Jagger production we’ve been looking forward to with bated coke-breath ever since it filmed in the East Village, finally hit HBO last night with an epic two-hour episode, and the critical reaction has been pretty much love it or hate it. Even if you’re with the East Village’s own Richard Hell in the latter camp, you’re probably going to watch at least another episode or two, just to bask/wallow in the ambience of the early-’70s New York City music scene. So here are some fun facts about the show that we’ve culled from around the net, and from our own archives.
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The New York Film Festival, which spans a mind-boggling 17 days, starts tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 25) and features new and classic cinema from filmmakers famous and unknown from the world all over. In keeping with years past, the NYFF has wrangled in some big names– for instance, do the words Martin Scorsese mean anything to you?
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Is it just me or are there actual butt loads of film festivals taking place all over our dear city. Happening right now in Gowanus is the Motorcycle Film Fest and last week we were graced with a Coney Island Film Festival. Well, I hope you’re not totally infested just yet because there’s even more fests and marathon of shorts coming down the pipeline, and they’re getting closer to us than ever.
Crazy for Scorsese? Good news: It’s Martymania in East Village today.
After turning Williamsburg’s Rough Trade into an old-school Sam Goody earlier this month, Martin Sorcese’s forthcoming HBO show about NYC’s 1970s rock and roll scene is shooting in the Alphabet City.
Okay, so that phonebook carving of Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t the only highlight of last night’s Select Fair preview: over at Kingston-based One Mile Gallery’s booth — wedged between a model made by the amazing Mark Hogencamp of Marwencol and some paintings created by a dog — we got to chat with Lee Ranaldo about his art, also on display.
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