Later this month, the Film Forum, one of New York City’s most famous art-house movie theaters, will be doing a festival called “New Yawk New Wave.” The series will highlight influential New York-based films of the 1950s, 60s and 70s by everyone from Stanley Kubrick and John Cassavetes to Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese.
Three notable independent films being shown feature my great-uncle (my mother’s father’s younger brother), actor Jerome Raphael – also spelled “Raphel” – who passed away in November. (I’m trying to update his IMDb as we speak.) In the above trailer for The Connection, my great-uncle is the balding/mustachioed man who speaks to the camera. I saw The Connection years ago, but I think I was perhaps too young to appreciate it and my great-uncle’s contribution to cinema. Jerome’s career occupies a small but nonetheless interesting area of film history.
If you’re interested and live in the NYC area, here are the listed screenings:
- The Connection (1962, dir. Shirley Clarke) – Fri. Jan. 11 at 2:20, 6:45, 10:10 pm and Sat. Jan. 12 at 2:20 pm
- The Cool World (1964, dir. Shirley Clarke; added to the National Film Registry in 1964) – Sun. Jan. 13 at 1:00, 4:50, 8:40 pm and Mon. Jan. 14 at 1:00, 4:50 pm
- Hallelujah the Hills (1963, dir. Adolfas Mekas) – Thurs. Jan. 24 at 1:00, 4:05, 7:20 pm