Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center



Monday, May 4, 2020


5:00 pm





Sag Harbor Cinema @ Home! Staying In Touch With Our Audience


On May 1st, we introduced three new titles. Among them is Jules Dassin’s Rififi  (1955), a film that Francois Truffaut called, “The best film noir I have ever seen.” Also included is Alex Rivera and Aldo Velasco’s docu-thriller The Infiltrators (2019), a Sundance Film Festival NEXT Innovator Prize winner in which a group of Dreamers infiltrates the operations of a for-profit immigration detention center. The last title of this new selection is What She Said: the Art of Pauline Kael, Robert Garver’s portrait of the legendary “New Yorker” film critic

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New Titles Starting May 1st

Directed by Jules Dassin (France 1955, 118 mins. In French with English subtitles)

In the words of Francois Truffaut: “Out of the worst crime novel I have ever read, Jules Dassin has made the best Film Noir I have ever seen. In fact, this is not a minor genre. Dassin shot the film on the street during high winds and rain, and he reveals Paris to us [Frenchmen] as he revealed London to the English (Night in the City) and New York to the Americans (Naked City). It would be unfair not to credit also the chief cameraman, Agostini, who truly worked miracles under very unusual conditions…Everything in Rififi is intelligent: screenplay, dialogue, sets, music, choice of actors…Beyond that, the real value of the film lies in its tone.

The characters in Rififi are not despicable. The relative permissiveness of the French censors allowed Dassin to make a film without compromises, immoral perhaps, but profoundly noble, tragic, warm, human. Behind the smiles of the three actors – Jean Servais’ bitter, Robert Manuel’s sunny, and Jules Dassin’s sad though with bursts of gaiety – we divine the filmmaker, a tender, indulgent man, gentle and trusting, capable of telling us one of these days a more ennobling story of characters who have been better served by their destiny.” *

*Quoted from: The Films of My Life (1975, Simon and Schuster)

The Infiltrators
Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra (USA 2019; 95 mins. in English and Spanish)

A docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a mission to stop unjust deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. However, when Marco and Viri attempt a daring reverse ‘prison break,’ things don’t go according to plan. By weaving together documentary footage of the real infiltrators with re-enactments of the events inside the detention center, The Infiltrators tells an incredible and thrilling true story in a genre-defying new cinematic language.

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
Directed by Robert Garver (USA 2018; 95mins)

Arguably one of the most powerful film critics in American history Pauline Kael was admired as much as she was feared.  Kael was famous for the passion and intellect she brought from the screen to the page, as well as for her fierce partisan spirit. Her “New Yorker” reviews helped the career of directors like Robert Altman, Walter Hill and Brian De Palma, and ruthlessly panned works by David Lean and Stanly Kubrick. Robert Garver’s love letter includes interviews with filmmakers such as Francs Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Schrader and David O. Russell as well as with films critics like David Edelstein, Michael Sragow and James Wolcott that were influence by her work.

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