Smoke (1995) + Blue in the Face (1995) [double feature]
Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013:
1995, Germany/USA/Japan, 112 min., 35mm, Park Circus/Miramax
Directed by Wayne Wang
Written by Paul Auster
Starring Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Giancarlo Esposito, Jared Harris, Daniel Auster, Harold Perrineau Jr.,
Deirdre O'Connell, Victor Argo, Forest Whitaker,
Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd
Fri: 7:30 pm; Sat: 3:15 & 7:30 pm
"Two Thumbs Up!"
- Siskel & Ebert
"The movie is a delicate creation, with no big punch line or payoff. Watching it, I was in the moment: It was about these people wandering lost through their lives. Afterward, I felt good about them - good because they were likable people, but good, too, because the writer and director took care to give them dialogue that suited their needs."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you care about films that respect their characters, and have something interesting to say about the ways we communicate and find points of connection, then don't miss this one."
- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"William Hurt and Harvey Keitel marvelously inhabit the film's almost-mystical portrayal of its beloved borough. Keitel's lengthy and stunningly delivered monologue near the close of the film almost singularly makes the whole picture something special."
- Jason Clark, AllMovie.com
PLUS, on the same program:
BLUE IN THE FACE
1995, USA, 83 minutes, 35mm, Park Circus/Miramax
Directed by Wayne Wang, Paul Auster
Written by Paul Auster, Wayne Wang
Starring Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, Roseanne Barr, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino,
Lou Reed, Mel Gorham, Jim Jarmusch, Malik Yoba, Madonna
Fri: 9:45 pm; Sat: 5:30 & 9:45 pm
"The lack of continuity is one of Blue in the Face's charms. At the outset, Harvey Keitel comments, 'I doubt any of this makes sense any more...' He's right, but it doesn't really matter. The film is so exuberant that we don't care whether we're listening to Lou Reed's off-the-cuff comments about New York, watching Mel Gorham do a sexy dance in front of a mirror, or hearing Jim Jarmusch's ramblings on the romance of the smoking culture. In every scene with every character, you can feel the spontaneity."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Jim Jarmusch's elegiac, hilarious performance as a man about to smoke his final cigarette is brilliant, as are the cutaways to longtime New Yorker Lou Reed, who discusses the city with the same type of deadpan certainty you find in his music. Keitel, as the smoke shop proprietor Augie Wren, is likewise excellent as he fends off the salacious advances of Roseanne."
- Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Michael J. Fox has his funniest moment on the big screen as a colorful local with a clipboard, and Lou Reed is hysterical as he explains in his trademark deadpan why he feels comfortable in New York and how he plans to market sunglasses."
- Scott Engel, AllMovie.com
This is a double feature:
your ticket admits you to BOTH films on the program!
Screening formats: 35mm
Photo ID is required to claim your will call ticket(s). Your name will be on a will call list at the box office. No need to print your Brown Paper Tickets confirmation to claim your ticket(s), but do make sure to have your ID with you. There is one single line for both ticket holders and those who need to purchase tickets (i.e., there is not a separate will call line).
The box office and doors open about 30 minutes before the first film in the double feature and then re-open about 10 minutes before the second film for those who wish to only see the second film.
The New Beverly Cinema is located on the north side of Beverly Blvd., one block west of La Brea.
Plentiful unmetered street parking can generally be found on Formosa Ave. (the block between Beverly Blvd. and Oakwood) after 6 PM. Read parking signs on all other streets carefully, as many others are restricted.
Neighborhood parking meters operate until 8pm, 7 days a week.
Served by MTA bus lines 14 and 212
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036