- THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY
SYMBIOPSYCHOTA XIPLASM: TAKE 1
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(1969, Michael Roemer) Deadpan, small-time Kosher Nostra mobster Harry Plotnick (Martin Priest) goes meshugga when he gets into the catering biz with ex-brother-in-law Leo (Ben Lang). Shelved following a laugh-less preview, Harry emerged two decades later as a bona fide comedy classic. Print courtesy Library of Congress. Approx. 81 min. 35mm.
SUN 1:00, 4:25, 7:50 MON 1:00, 4:25
"Hypnotically funny… Robert Young's gritty black-and-white photography evokes the early films of John Cassavetes. The passing of time has given The Plot Against Harry a lost-and-found quality that is both innocent and seductive."
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Roemer gives this tour of the chopped-liver circuit, with its bar mitzvahs and fashion shows and dog training classes, a bluesy, mordant spirit. And as Harry, Priest shows some of the pained soulfulness that Charles Aznavour showed in Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player. And the look in his dolorous, baggy eyes when he absorbs a piece of bad news recalls the deadpan obliviousness of Buster Keaton."
– Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
(1968, William Greaves) Screen tests are being shot in Central Park for the leads in a possible feature, while another crew films the filming of the tests, and a third films the first two in the context of life in the park going on around them. Avant-garde vérité that slipped off the radar for 30 years. Approx. 75 min. 35mm.
SUN 2:50, 6:15, 9:40 MON 2:50, 6:15
"May be the ultimate paradigm of self-reflexive cinema, eating Godard's tail for him and one-upping the classic anti-cartoon Duck Amuck by submitting to a cunning entropy and a self-inquiry so relentless the movie never moves from square one."
– Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
"Remains fascinatingly prescient in form."
– Time Out (London)