As COVID-19 spreads and the safety concerns around large group gatherings increases, we will say what we never thought is possible - we will stop screenings at 7 Ludlow Street for the time being.
Essays on retrospectives and repertory films playing at Metrograph
December 9 For the Good Doctor
"His delicate little body was convulsing, a scarecrow in a big storm, his arm outstretched and offering a beautiful rose, which, since nobody else could see him, I knew was meant for me. The veins were etched into his face like bloody trees."
November 19 Lions and Cannibals: An Interview with Susan Sontag and Agnès Varda
In 1969, during the 7th Annual New York Film Festival, two film directors with movies in the Official Selection entered a New York public TV studio to discuss their work.
October 10 Blake Edwards: Portrait of a Creative Mind
In a recent archival dig, Metrograph uncovered this exclusive interview with a young Blake Edwards from a vintage, defunct porn magazine called Topper.
June 19 Juleen Compton: Stranded by Film History
One of the most elusive figures in cinema is a female filmmaker whose name is so little-known that it hardly even makes lists of underrated directors. She is Juleen Compton, an American independent filmmaker who made two transcendent features back-to-back in 1965 and 1966 before virtually disappearing into obscurity. These two films, which screened at Metrograph in 2017, are returning for a weekend (June 22–23) with restored 35mm prints.
May 20 Notes on Noir: "The Strange One" and "Pickup on South Street"
Gifford will join Metrograph for his Dream Double Feature on May 26. He will present two personal favorites, and in advance of the screenings, Gifford granted us permission to reprint his essays on those films: the disturbing boys’ school drama The Strange One and Samuel Fuller’s masterpiece Pickup on South Street.
May 17 Wes Anderson’s Eulogy for Lillian Ross
The American journalist Lillian Ross spent decades at The New Yorker, where she wore many hats. Early on, she mastered the magazine’s Talk of the Town featurettes, and soon became best known for her extraordinary profiles, such as her Portrait of Hemingway, which brought her immediate and lasting fame outside the bounds of The New Yorker’s readership.
May 13 An Excerpt from "Times Square Red / Times Square Blue"
"For years the theater had been a gay sexual cruising ground. The (strictly heterosexual) pornographic movies started as a Saturday offering. At first management was afraid the straight films might drive away the theater’s gay audience."
May 13 Delanymania: Notes on Eight Films
Best known for towering masterpieces like Dhalgren and Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany is a true polymath, working not only in speculative fiction, but as a memoirist, social historian, and occasional filmmaker. While the films themselves are somewhat incidental in his essential memoir of theater-going on the Deuce in the 1960s-90s, Time Square Red, Time Square Blue, his interest in cinema is as wide-ranging as his writing.
March 29 "Improvisational Jamming": The Process and Production of Personal Problems
It all began with an idea that to many seemed inconceivable.