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Beat the Heat, Cinematically

Beat the Heat, Cinematically

BY DAVID NOH | The dog days of summer are already here, with wilting heat that makes escaping into an air-cooled moviehouse a highly sensible thing to do. The greatest movie dance team is being celebrated by Film Society of Lincoln Center with a complete retrospective, “Fred and Ginger.” The series kicks off on July […]

Two Legends –– One Alive

Two Legends –– One Alive

BY DAVID NOH | Although it was said he never had a dance lesson in his life, the most famous choreographer in cinema has got to be Busby Berkeley (1895-1976). As a holiday treat, Film Forum is hosting a festival devoted to him, filled with those signature, splashy, overhead aerial shots – that made his […]

Party Girl

Party Girl

BY DAVID NOH | Lady Elsie Mendl, nee De Wolfe, (1859-1950) — at various times in her life an actress, author, inveterate party hostess, and pioneering interior decorator — was universally considered one of the chicest women of her time. She enjoyed her pick of the leading couturiers vying to garb her (Schiaparelli was a favorite), […]

Hotcha!: Film Forum Celebrates 27 Delicious Days of Delectable Dirt

Hotcha!:  Film Forum Celebrates 27 Delicious Days of Delectable Dirt

BY DAVID NOH | Forget westerns, film noirs and horror, the movie genre of genres as far as I’m concerned is Pre-Code, those films made before the puritanically restrictive Hays Code took control of censorship in 1934. Film Forum is hosting a four-week celebration of films made in 1933, just before that dreary takeover, by […]