Abel Ferrara’s New Film includes My Photograph

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Back in the 1970s and living in New York City, I did a lot of street photography. Being a movie fanatic, I went thru a period of photographing the exteriors out many of the movie theaters around the city. Most are now long gone. One of those photographs was of the Baronet/Coronet theaters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Those two theaters along with the Cinema One and Two were located on the same block, on 3rd Avenue between 59th and 60th street. Back then they most sort after theaters for filmmakers to showcase their films in the city. The Baronet/Coronet photo was taken in 1976. The film, playing in both theaters was Brian DePalma’s Obsession.

Since the age of the internet, I have posted the photograph online a few times. A couple of months back I received an email from a representative of film director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York, Ms. 45, Body Snatchers) who was currently making a documentary called The Projectionist. The film follows the experience of longtime cinema owner Nicolas Nicolaou and records the changes in the city’s theatrical landscape over the years. My photograph came to the attention of Ferrara, and he was interested in using it in his film.

The-Projectionist_Courtesy-of-Faliro-House_1_SM_FBIG_LR_BG-1-1I recently was officially notified that the photograph is included in the film and I am getting a screen credit. I am also hoping to get a screener of the film to review. As you probably suspect this is a low budget film that will play the Film Festival and College circuit. It won’t be coming to a local AMC or Regal cineplex near you or me. Its world premiere is this week as part of the Tribeca Film Festival and on May 6th the film will having a showing at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art).


Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical


   Over the weekend my wife and I went to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and caught a performance of the musical Bullets Over Broadway. Based on Woody Allen’s 1997 hit film the musical is a bit of an oddity. It’s a rare Broadway musical that does not have an original  score. Instead, the creators recycled classic period tunes by greats like Cole Porter, Sammy Cahn, Hoagy Carmichael and others adding fresh lyrics.

   Considering  Woody adapted his own screenplay, co-written by Douglas McGrath, the laughs in the stage version are not as plentiful as one would have anticipated. On the plus side, there are two excellent performances by Jemma Jane as Olive and Jeff Brooks as Cheech, respectively portrayed in  the film by Jennifer Tilly and Chazz Pamintieri. Also,  Susan Stroman’s original choreography was superbly recreated by Clara Cook.

   Overall, Bullets Over Broadway does not reach the high levels of classic musical comedy that Mel Brooks brought in bringing his works, The Producers and Young Frankenstein, to the stage. Still, it remains an enjoyable evening of entertainment.