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Viewer Guide: “Doctor Zhivago” and “Emperor”

November 9, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | DOCTOR ZHIVAGO This week’s double feature begins with Doctor Zhivago, the epic 1965 romantic drama of the Russian revolution, directed by David Lean.  Adapted by Robert Bolt from Boris Pasternak’s Nobel Prize-winning novel, despite its enormous scale Doctor Zhivago is essentially the personal story of a handful ...

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Viewer Guide: “Bringing Up Baby” and “Made in Belfast”

October 26, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | BRINGING UP BABY This week’s first feature is Bringing Up Baby, a 1938 screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, directed by Howard Hawks.  Bringing Up Baby represents the American screwball comedy in arguably its most perfect, crystalline form, the film against which every other pretender ...

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Viewer Guide: “Citizen Kane” and “The Immigrant”

October 19, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | CITIZEN KANE This week’s double feature begins with Citizen Kane, the groundbreaking 1941 classic directed by Orson Welles in his theatrical film debut.  Little introduction is needed for perhaps the most legendary and acclaimed work of American cinema. In essence, Citizen Kane appears to be a simple ...

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Viewer Guide: “Little Man Tate” and “Arsenic and Old Lace”

October 5, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | LITTLE MAN TATE This week’s double feature begins with Little Man Tate, the 1991 drama marking the feature film directing debut of Jodie Foster.   Jodie Foster also stars in the film as Dede Tate, a single-mother whose modest income as a waitress doesn’t provide for more than ...

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Viewer Guide: “A Mighty Wind” and “Jasper Jones”

September 21, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | A MIGHTY WIND This week’s double feature begins with A Mighty Wind, the 2003 documentary parody directed by Christopher Guest.  Often referred to as one of the classics of the “mockumentary” genre, there’s actually not all that much mocking going on in this affectionate spoof of a ...

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Viewer Guide: “Giant” and “Inez & Doug & Kira”

September 14, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | GIANT This week’s double feature begins with Giant, the epic 1956 western drama directed by George Stevens.  Adapted from Edna Ferber’s 1952 novel, Giant lives up to its title, offering a sprawling cinematic chronicle of 20th century Texas history, recounted through the family saga of Jordan “Bick” ...

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Viewer Guide: “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Ten Thousand Saints”

September 14, 2022 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 DOUBLE FEATURE | REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE  This week’s double feature begins with Rebel Without a Cause, the classic 1955 coming-of-age drama directed by Nicholas Ray.  Released a month after James Dean’s untimely death in a car accident at the age of 24, Rebel Without a Cause is surely the ...

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From WNET Up Next: Elisa Lichtenbaum Interviews Filmmaker Julia Kots

September 7, 2022 | Julia Corbett

Filmmaker and co-producer Julia Kots speaks with WNET Up Next host Elisa Lichtenbaum about the making of Inez & Doug & Kira, her independent film about a bipolar woman who commits suicide and the impact of her death on her sister and her sister’s fiancé. The film, written, directed, edited, ...

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