Gabriel Over the White House with Bruce Goldstein
Directed by Gregory La Cava in 1933, GABRIEL OVER THE WHITE HOUSE stars Walter Huston as Judson Hammond, a recently elected American president and a hack who becomes a true man of action and principle after a violent car crash. Congress starts impeachment proceedings, to which he reacts with a string of less than democratic measures. After attending a pre-screening of the film, an infuriated Louis B. Mayer intimated to his assistant to “put that picture back in its can, take it back to the studio, and lock it up!”.
Bruce Goldstein has been the Repertory Program Director of the Film Forum since 1986 and received a special New York Film Critics Circle award for visionary programming. His now-iconic repertory format created more than 400 film festivals. Among his many achievements are the popularization of “Pre-Code” movies as a distinct genre; his early series “Movies in Scope,” which helped create a public demand for the letterboxing of videos; and the reputation of Film Forum as flagship theater for new prints and restorations. In 1997, he founded Rialto Pictures, a distribution company specializing in classic re-releases
This screening benefits the Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center.