The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies
The nation didn't know it, but 1960 would change American film
forever, and the revolution would occur nowhere near a Hollywood
set. With the opening of the New Yorker Theater, a cinema located
at the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side, cutting-edge films
from around the world were screened for an eager audience,
including the city's most influential producers, directors,
critics, and writers. Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Susan Sontag,
Andrew Sarris, and Pauline Kael, among many others, would make the
New Yorker their home, trusting in the owners' impeccable taste and
incorporating much of what they viewed into their work.
In this irresistible memoir, Toby Talbot, co-owner and proud
"matron" of the New Yorker Theater, reveals the story behind
Manhattan's wild and wonderful affair with art-house film. With her
husband Dan, Talbot showcased a range of eclectic films,
introducing French New Wave and New German cinema, along with other
groundbreaking genres and styles. As Vietnam protests and the
struggle for civil rights raged outside, the Talbots also took the
lead in distributing political films, such as Bernard Bertolucci's
Before the Revolution, and documentaries, such as
Shoah and Point of Order.
Talbot enhances her stories with selections from the New
Yorker's essential archives, including program notes by Jack
Kerouac, Jules Feiffer, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonas Mekas, Jack
Gelber, and Harold Humes. These artifacts testify to the deeply
engaged and collaborative spirit behind each showing, and they
illuminate the myriad-and often entertaining-aspects of theater
operation. All in all, Talbot's tales capture the highs and lows of
a thrilling era in filmmaking.
Subjects: History, Film Studies, Business
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