Posts Tagged ‘New York Film Festival’

Heavy Traffic: Walk Don’t Walk

January 21, 2010

Deeply personal and willfully repellant, Ralph Bakshi’s Heavy Traffic is not the most coherent film in the entire world. It depicts the world of an aspiring underground cartoonist through a mixture of live action and animation, both of which are rendered in grotesque strokes.

Our hero is the virginal artist Mike (Joseph Kaufmann), who is introduced playing pinball. He lives a monkish existence inside a tenement apartment whose environment is a little like The Honeymooners if it were designed by Breughel and written by Tennessee Williams at his most Sophoclean. The women are mile-a-minute shrews who always seem to have a mammary breaking free from their blouse. The men are thick-lipped ethnic caricatures. They think with their dicks—which inevitably are also put on display—and are unable to control their bodily functions. Eking out an existence in the New York underbelly, they take out their impotence on their women.

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The War for the Soul of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

April 2, 2009

film-comment-coverIndiewire draws our attention to the recent New York Times article on the future of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The organization screens hundreds of films from around the world in one of the country’s greatest theaters, the Walter Reade. Members could be guaranteed cut-price tickets to the cream of the global festivals and early dibs on New York Film Festival and New Directors New Films festival tickets. Now, it’s all change.

Led by new executive director Mara Manus, the FSLC have started construction on a new building that will hold two additional theatres, lecture rooms and the inevitable restaurant/cafe. With change has also come upheaval. Manus has fired seven members of the 42-person staff, replacing some with old cohorts from the New York Public Theater where she was executive director. Eyebrows then shot up when the popular programmer and Film Comment contributing editor Kent Jones ankled the society. Four colleagues followed him.

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