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Director's Film Series

This series of films are shown every Thursday at 1PM unless otherwise noted. Each movie is selected by Mitch Freedman, Director of the New City Library.

Upcoming Films:

Summer of Sinatra

July 10: Sinatra lecture at Yale University hosted by Sidney Zion and Floyd Abrams (never televised); two Sinatra appearances on The Dinah Shore Show (1953, 1958). About 120 minutes combined.

July 17: Pal Joey.   Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Shelly Manne.  1955, 111 minutes.

July 24:  Man with the Golden Arm. Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Shelly Manne. 1955, 119 minutes.

July 31: Meet Danny Wilson. Frank Sinatra, Kelly Winters. 1955, 84 minutes.

August 7: Suddenly. Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason. Various Sinatra performances taken from the Frankfest 1997 compilation. Total time: 129 minutes.

August 14:  Sinatra Live at Ceasers Palace. 1978 convention of alcohol sales people. Twyla Tharp's Sinatra Suite. Danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Total time: 85 minutes.

August 21: Young at Heart.  Frank Sinatra, Doris Day. 1954, 117 minutes.

August 28:  L.A. is My Lady recording session. 120 minutes.

 

Previous Titles:

October 10-  Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

A feel-good coming-of-age Israeli movie about a teen trying to make sense of his world. This 16-year-old underachiever doing so poorly in school is actually a genius, but his interests are focused on his dysfunctional family and the beautiful girl next door. Not rated.

October 17- Watermarks

A documentary about a group of Jewish women swimmers who escaped from Nazi Austria and not only lived to tell the tale, but go back for a visit. These athletes are as extraordinary as their triumphant tales. Not Rated.

October  24- Close to Home

Contemporary Israel is seen through the eyes of two former Israeli Defense Forces women soldiers who actually wrote and directed this fictional film in order to make sense of their military experience. Not Rated.

October 31- Kadosh

Concerned with the struggle between secular and religious Jews, this film questions what will become of a marriage between two people who love each other but cannot conceive. Not Rated.

November 7 -Adam Resurrected

A story of Holocaust survivors living in a sanitarium in the Israeli desert. Jeff Goldblum performs the best acting of his career as a former Berlin vaudeville performer and later a degraded captive of a Nazi concentration camp director (Willem Dafoe). Rated R.

November 14- Stranger Among Us

Melanie Griffith, a NYPD detective, goes undercover in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn to find a murderer. Rated PG-13.

November 21- Weapons of the Spirit

The saga of the tiny French village of Le Chambon that defied the Nazis and provided a safe haven for thousands of Jews. Not Rated.

December 5- Primo

A one-person play based on Primo Levi’s writings about his Auschwitz experience. Not Rated.

December 12 - My Favorite Year  

This charming comedy is loosely based on the Sid Caesar show and its Hall of Fame staff of writers. Rated PG.

January 9 - You're a Big Boy Now

Teen Peter Kastner undergoes his coming-of-age rites when he strikes out on his own and moves to New York City, where his father is a philandering rare books librarian and the New York Public Library. Not rated. 97 minutes.

January 16- Only Two Can Play

Welsh library John Lewis (Peter Sellers) is bored with his job and his marriage, but after a series of comic complications ultimately concludes that adultery simply isn't worth the bother. Not rated. 96 minutes.

January 23- Party Girl

Free-spirited, irresponsible Mary throw parties to cover her rent. When one is broke up by the cops, she calls her librarian godmother to borrow bail money. To pay her back she takes a job as a library clerk. Not rated. 96 Minutes.

January 30 - Desk Set

Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn team up in this romantic comedy about the computerization of a television network's research department. Not rated. 103 minutes.  

February 6- The Organizer

With a documentary-like approach, this film looks at the appalling working conditions in Italy at the turn of the 19th century. When Professor Sinigaglia visits a friend in Turin, he is confronted with the horrors of the local textile mill. Despite hostilities and violence, he rallies the exploited workers into a powerful union. Nominated for Oscars for the Best Foreign Film and Best Original Screenplay in 1964. 1963, Not Rated, 130 minutes. Italian w/English subtitles

February 20- Blue Collar

With gritty realism, this film focuses on three car plant assemblymen who are living paycheck to paycheck. Their frustration with corporate bureaucracy and union corruption provokes them into planning a desperate heist of the union’s safe. A surprise take in the robbery is information they can use to bribe the union. However, they soon discover just how powerfully malevolent this organization is. 1978, Rated R, 114 minutes

February 27- I’m All Right Jack

Set in Britain in the 1950s, this comedy is about a naïve aristocrat who unlike others in his social circle, actually wants to work. Stanley’s uncle hires him to work in his munitions factory, and he soon  becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labor union. Peter Sellers won the 1959 Best British Actor Award for his role in this film. The film itself also won the Best British Screenplay Award. 1959, Not Rated, 105 minutes

March 6- Matewan

In the 1920s, the coal town of Matewan, West Virginia is controlled by the powerful Stone Mountain Coal Company. When the company introduces immigrants and minorities as cheaper labor, union organizer Joe Kenehan must somehow unite all miners in a strike -- igniting a powder keg of racial hostility, corruption and betrayal. Won 1987 Best Cinematography Independent Spirit Award. Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay and James Earl Jones and David Strathairn were nominated for Best Supporting Actor. 1987, Rated PG-13, 130 minutes

March 13-The Take

Argentina’s economy went into a tailspin in the late 1990s, forcing much of its industry to shut down. This documentary follows former employees of an Argentinean auto plant as they return to the abandoned factory where they once worked and announce their plans to run it as a business cooperative. This action sets up a standoff between the displaced laborers and the private and public forces uniting against them. Won the Grand Jury Prize of the AFI Film Festival, Best Documentary of the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Best Justice & Human Rights Film of the Vermont International Film Festival. 2004, Not Rated, 84 minutes

March 20- Waking Ned Divine

When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. The film won Best Feature at the New York Comedy Festival and the cast received many nominations from the SAG Awards.  1998, PG, 91 minutes

March 27 - Bread & Roses

A grim contemporary drama about office cleaners in L.A. Maya is reuniting with her older sister Rosa after a harrowing  journey from Mexico. After being groped as a barmaid and then extorted as a janitor, she happens upon a muckraking lawyer and union agitator. Together the two sisters fight for their right to unionize. Winner of the Phoenix Prize. Nominated for the Golden Palm Reward in 2000. 2000, Rated R, 110 minutes

May 1- Mishima  A look at the life and work fo the most celebrated Japanese novelist of the last five decades. The film begins with Yukio Mishima's youth and moves forward to his 1970 suicide. Directed by Paul Schrader. Produced in Japan by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.1985. Rated R. 120 minutes. 

May 8- The Yakuza  A former solider returns to Japan to help rescue the daughter of a friend, who was kidnapped by the Japanese mafia. Sydney Pollack directed this little-seen thriller from a script by Paul Schrader and Robert Towne. Starring Robert Mitchum,. Brian Keith and Ken Takakura.  1975. Rated R. 112 minutes.

May 15- North Country   Set in the Minnesota iron mines of the 1980s, this film is fictionalized account of one of America's most groundbreaking sexual harassment lawsuits. Starring Charlize Theron, Sean Bean, Sissy Spacek and Woody Harrelson.
2005. Rated R. 167 minutes.

May 22 - Head in the Clouds  As the world drifts towards war in the 1930s, a hedonistic photographer in Paris tries to hold onto her lifestyle, career and friends. Starring Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend and Penelope Cruz. 2004. Rated R. 173 minutes.

May 29- Megamall   The Palisades Center in West Nyack is one of the largest shopping malls in America. When the developer broke ground in 1996 on the toxic dump where it now sits, a citizen uprising was ignited which lasted almost 20 years. Written by West Nyack residents Vera Aronow and Sara Mondale. 2009. Documentary. 81 minutes.

June 5: The Jewish Cardinal

A docu-drama that tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism and joining the priesthood.  French with English subtitles. 96 minutes. 2014. 

June 12: Venus Beauty Institute

A romantic comedy that follows Angele, a 40-something woman who works at a Parisian spa and whose life has been a series of hedonistic and reckless one-night stands.  French with English subtitles. 104 minutes. 2003.

June 19: Hop

All Justin and his father want is to enjoy a soccer game together. This sparks a chain of events that leads to his father's deportation and Justin finding himself alone and on the run. Enlisting the help of a former anarchist, Justin embarks on a thrilling adventure to re-unite with his father. To fight the system, he will need apply the secret of the Hop. French with English subtitles. 104 minutes. 2003. 

June 26: Koch

Edward I. Koch was the quintessential New Yorker: ferocious, charismatic and hilariously blunt. Through candid interviews and rare archival footage, this documentary chronicles the personal and political toll of running the world's most powerful city. 95 minutes. 2013.

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