What’s Happening this Week: October 19 – 25, 2015

This Week At A Glance:  the raucous documentary “Best of Enemies”

Coming Soon:    Halloween Weekend: The Votes are In. Read more to find out the contest result

This Week at Saratoga Film Forum

First of all, this is our last weekend of Sunday 7:30 screenings. Beginning November 1st, we will switch to 3 pm screenings on Sunday.  (Some people love this, other’s don’t. All we can say is that during the winter, our box office does better with the earlier time, and vice versa in the warm, “bright” months.)

Our movie this week is….Best Of Enemies. Documentaries are rarely “raucous” but this one truly deserves that description. It details a series of four debates during the 1968 election cycle between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. If you’re under 50, you probably don’t know who they are. But in mid-century America, they were very famous, and notorious, in their own ways.  Here’s how the NY Times describes them:

“Buckley and Vidal were remarkable characters, at once bona fide intellectuals, true-blue aristocrats and knowing caricatures of those very types. Each one had, earlier in the decade, run a losing campaign for elective office in New York State: Vidal earnestly sought a congressional seat in the Hudson Valley in 1960; Buckley staged a lively protest candidacy in the New York City mayoral election of 1965. They were scions of powerful, privileged families, prep school graduates (Vidal never went to college), military veterans and tirelessly entrepreneurial men of letters happy to dabble in mass media when it suited their needs. They also genuinely and sincerely hated each others guts.”

They were also extremely famous. Back in the day, when news was dominated by broadcast networks, ABC was dead last in the ratings. the 1968 election was dominated by extreme cultural ambivalence about a protracted war, changing social mores, and uncertainty about America’s position in the world.  Sound familiar?

This very highly rated documentary is entertaining and informative. We screen it on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at 7:30.  Don’t miss it!

BTW, here is a link to the entire NY Times review, if you want to read it: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/movies/review-best-of-enemies-recalls-gore-vidal-and-william-f-buckley-jrs-tv-battles.html?_r=0

Tickets are $8 ($6 for members)

Coming Soon:  

Halloween – the holiday.  Thanks to all who voted in our Halloween film survey. Well, the votes are in and they were quite strong. The film that beat the others by a landslide was The Shining. So as promised, we will screen that film on Thursday and Friday, 10/29 & 30 (7:30 pm). However, there was one very strong second place film: Nosferatu. We were surprised. But it is a very cool film: Filmed in 1922, considered a Masterpiece, this new Blu Ray has a digitally remastered version of the original musical score, plus a short documentary about the filmmaker. So…given it’s very strong results, plus the extras, we decided to screen it on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.

(By the way, here is a clip from Turner Classic Movies’ description of Nosferatu:  “One of the most foreboding and influential horror films in the history of cinema, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) was almost kept from the screen when the widow of Bram Stoker, Florence, sued the German producers for unauthorized use of her husband’s novel, Dracula. The lawsuit over Nosferatu has haunted the film’s history. Wanting to distance themselves from the film, the producers of Nosferatu sold it to Deutsche Film Produktion who edited the film without Murnau’s consent. The film was then altered further for its 1929 American release, making the search for the “original,” “uncut” Nosferatu a film historian’s obsession.”

So…by the time they finally released the film in America, the original film was not recognizable and talkies were taken over. Come revel in something that audiences of that day never got to see…)

Housekeeping:   We have a suggestion box, plus suggestion slips. They will be in the theater when we show films. So if you have a suggestion – about our films, or anything else, let us know.

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