By Terry Trucco
As a fan of the Crosby Street Hotel’s Sunday Night Film Club (a club in name only) I perked up when discovering the hotel’s stylish basement screening room – orange leather chairs, state of the art equipment – had launched a new series. Planned for four Mondays sprinkled throughout 2011, “Under the Influence: Writers on Film” pairs celluloid with lit, featuring a movie chosen by a prominent writer followed by a discussion with said writer and screenwriter Michael Maren. A reception with wine and nibbles wraps things up.
It’s a 92nd Street Y, Film Forum, private screening mash-up, in other words. And it’s yours for $35 (they also toss in popcorn and Voss water). I couldn’t resist, especially upon learning the first installment teamed writer Paul Auster with The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler’s 1946 black-and-white Academy Award winner about three US servicemen readjusting to civilian life. (more…)