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Schedule for Wednesday, September 2
"Subtlety and nuance mark both the film's dialogue and performances. It's hard to see how Dancy and Byrne could be any better." (LA Times)
After moving into her new apartment, Beth, a broken-hearted teacher, finds herself drawn to Adam, her socially inept downstairs neighbor whose head seems lost in the stars. When he reveals that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, her parents (Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving) are understandably concerned, but she can’t deny their unique connection. Rose Byrne and Hugh Dancy deliver knockout performances, and Writer/Director Max Mayer examines the challenges of an exceptional modern relationship with a humorous and heartfelt touch.
Max Mayer. 2009. 99 m. PG-13. US. Fox Searchlight.5:00 PM
The Third Man
From its opening at a funeral to its ending at another funeral—for the same person!—The Third Man paints a haunting portrait of sectioned-off, postwar Vienna. An American writer (Joseph Cotton) searches the city’s ravaged streets and cavernous underground sewers for answers to the questions surrounding the mysterious death of his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles, in possibly his most popular role). Complemented by Anton Karas’ unique zither score.
Carol Reed. 1949. 104 m. NR. UK. Rialto Pictures.5:05 PM 7:20 PM 9:45 PM
The September Issue
“Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.” (Entertainment Weekly)
R.J. Cutler takes us behind the scenes of the making of Vogue’s 2007 September issue, the largest in the magazine’s history. While the film has its Devil Wears Prada moments—See Anna Wintour alienate her staff! Watch sycophants suck up to their queen! Behold as she shatters designers with a single stare!—it also delves deeper, revealing a skilled, complex woman who does not take her considerable power lightly. Cutler examines a Vogue office populated with a wide array of characters, including the fire-haired Creative Director Grace Coddington. It’s Anna’s world, but in many ways Grace is the real star here. She’s fascinating, larger-than-life, and downright cool; much like the magazine itself.
R.J. Cutler. 2009. 90 m. PG-13. US. Roadside Attractions .5:15 PM 7:15 PM 9:15 PM
Know Your Mushrooms
Filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass) cooks up a tasty stew of mushroom arcana seasoned with astonishing facts (did you know the world's largest organism is a five-mile-long fungus?) and eccentric characters. Using goofy animation and original music by the Flaming Lips, Know Your Mushrooms is a funny, informative tribute to the wild mushroom and the cultural experiences—mind-expanding and otherwise—attached to it. Best Feature, NYC Food Film Festival.
Q&A: Gary Lincoff, who is featured in the film, is one of the nation’s best known mushroom experts. He is the author of the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms.
Ron Mann. 2008. 74 m. NR. Canada. Abramorama.7:30 PM
Q&A w/mushroom expert Gary Lincoff
Tickets: $9 (members), $13 (nonmembers)