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Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

Italy Comes to the Village; Nellie Does Molinsky

BY DAVID NOH For the month of December, Film Forum is offering a selection of post-World War II movies shot in Italy, for its series “Roman Hollywood: American Movies go to Italy.” Those years were booming in terms of cinema, with American filmmakers attracted by the lure of tax breaks, cheaper production costs, Rome’s own […]

All About Andy

All About Andy

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “I liked Andy immediately because I felt he was very accessible,” Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni recently said as she was promoting her new book “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land,” according to a profile in Vanity Fair. “Andy had an extraordinary magnetism. He was kind of an amoeba or Zelig-like. When people say he […]

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

Fifty Years After Gays Demanded a Drink, Landmark Status Sought

BY ANDY HUMM | The push is on to make Julius’ bar in Greenwich Village the second New York City building landmarked because of its unique role in LGBT history — as the scene of a pre-Stonewall civil disobedience action that won gay people the right to be served in public establishments. The Stonewall Inn, […]

Make the Yuletide Gay

Make the Yuletide Gay

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | If you’ve had your fill of “Christmas Carols” and “Nutcrackers” for the holiday season, a cautionary advisory is in order for the option served up this year by Irish Repertory Theatre: fruitcake. But before you turn up your nose and head for the hills, hear me out. This fruitcake is in the […]

Susan Slept Here

Susan Slept Here

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | I love being alive.” These are the first words we hear in Nancy D. Kates’ documentary “Regarding Susan Sontag.” And as the film goes on to show in considerable detail, that’s one of the most characteristic things about the documentary’s subject — her passion for life. Before succumbing to cancer at 71, […]

The P Word: A Meditation Without an Emergency

The P Word: A Meditation Without an Emergency

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Mythical speech,” a wise old queen named Roland Barthes once wrote, “is made up of a material that has already been worked on so as to make it suitable for communication.” That’s most certainly the case with “Partner,” a noun that a moment’s Googling discloses a primary definition of:  “A person […]

Gore Vidal’s Forgotten Rival

Gore Vidal’s Forgotten Rival

BY DOUG IRELAND | If one asks male queers today who wrote the first serious modern American novel that was explicitly gay, nine out of 10 would answer Gore Vidal, for his 1948 book “The City and the Pillar.” But they’d be wrong. That distinction belongs to John Horne Burns, whose 1947 “The Gallery,” based on […]

Skimpy “Breakfast”

Skimpy “Breakfast”

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | Back in 1966, producer David Merrick famously pulled the plug on a Broadway musical version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” after just four previews. Not even the stellar team of Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain, Sally Kellerman, Edward Albee (book), and Bob Merrill (score) could make it gel. Evidently, Merrick did not wish […]