Nov. 3 screening introduced by Village Voice film critic and series co-programmer J. Hoberman!
Four childhood friends make an epic trip to an old pal’s funeral in Brooklyn in Sidney Lumet’s bittersweet, rarely shown film. All intellectuals of various stripes, the gang (George Segal, Jack Warden, Sorrelle Booke, Joseph Wiseman) make their reflective chatty journey to toast their friend, “a secondary talent of the highest order,” as the passing scenery gives a veritable catalogue of old Williamsburg. Lumet would call it “the most personal picture I’ve ever made.”
“There may never be another movie on the highly specialized subject of the comic failure of New York Jewish intellectuals.”
Image courtesy of the Kobal Collection.