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    Film Festivity

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    The 53rd annual New York Film Festival is off and running through October 11, serving a feast of important new movies from Hollywood and abroad along with screenings of restored classics sparklingly revived to shine once again on the big screen. The celebration kicks off today with a day of restorations, beginning with director John Ford’s Revolutionary War adventure Drums Along the Mohawk (1939), starring Claudette Colbert and Henry Fonda, now available in resplendent Technicolor on Twilight Time hi-def Blu-ray with a fabulous bonus, the revealing documentary Becoming John Ford, directed by TT’s Nick Redman and written by TT’s Julie Kirgo. Later today, another one-time TT title, the sold-out Leave Her to Heaven, starring Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde, will unreel for fans to delight in its murderous thrills and glorious Oscar®-winning Color Cinematography. Everything Is Copy, director Jacob Bernstein’s warmly entertaining profile of his mother, the late, great Nora Ephron, screens tomorrow evening and the afternoon of Saturday, October 3. Ephron’s romantic comedy jewel Sleepless in Seattle (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is also a current TT Blu-ray release and features a wonderful audio commentary with director/co-writer Ephron and her equally protean sister Delia. Wednesday evening marks the screening of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s incisive De Palma, covering the life and career of the great moviemaker Brian De Palma, whose The Fury and Body Double proved to be sold-out successes on the TT label. It just goes to show that wherever great movies and devoted movie lovers converge, there’s usually a Twilight Time connection. For festival details, visit www.filmlinc.org/nyff2015/.