The Miracle of the Fiddler on Broadway & Elsewhere

A- Showbiz documentary Directed by Max Lewcowicz The documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles argues that 1964's Broadway sensation, Fiddler on the Roof, is more than just a musical. It suggests that, by following three sisters who chose their own husbands rather than accepting their father's choices, it's a feminist play well ahead of its time. … Continue reading The Miracle of the Fiddler on Broadway & Elsewhere

Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Magnificent Seven, Godard Mon Amour, Go Bernadette, Damn Yankees, & An Autumn Afternoon

Disappointments from Donen, Linklater, and Ozu. But a couple of good movies, too. B+ The Magnificent Seven (1960) Netflix Blu-ray The American remake of The Seven Samurai is a large scale, entertaining, but occasionally overly sentimental western.  A small Mexican village knows that a gang of bandits will soon swoop down and take their crops. … Continue reading Movies I’ve Recently Seen: Magnificent Seven, Godard Mon Amour, Go Bernadette, Damn Yankees, & An Autumn Afternoon

Before Armstrong: Moon Missions from Méliès to Kubrick

I should have written this article weeks ago. But I got the idea a month too late. On or around July 20, The Rafael, The New Parkway, and The Roxie celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. But most of their programs centered on documentaries. But why not celebrate the anniversary with a series of fictitious … Continue reading Before Armstrong: Moon Missions from Méliès to Kubrick