If anybody is near Port Townsend, Washington, Sunday afternoon and looking for a place to talk about Paul Newman, the Port Townsend Film Festival will be convening an impromptu panel on the subject–with Piper Laurie (Newman’s Oscar-nominated co-star in The Hustler) and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne speaking on the subject; I will act as moderator. Time’s 12:45, Sunday the 28th, at the PTFF Hospitality Tent.
The Exiles (Kent Mackenzie, 1961). The recent restoration of the remarkable feature about displaced Indians navigating a long night in Los Angeles–the city captured in as vivid a way as such contemporary movie cityscapes as Sweet Smell of Success and Breathless. The faces and voices of the non-actors are completely of their time but timeless, too.
A Snowmobile for George (Todd Darling, 2008). First-person documentary about a snowmobile owner who becomes curious about the loosening environmental regulations surrounding the sport (or whatever it is), and the trickle-down effect of deregulation. Good timing on the latter front, and the movie is actually really lucid and straightforward, with Darling a dry, low-key guide to our increasing disbelief.