The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies by Toby Talbot (Hardback, 2009)
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- DescriptionThe nation didn't kw it, but 1960 would change American film forever, and the revolution would occur where 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 tes by Jack Kerouac, Jules Feiffer, Peter Bogdavich, 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.
- Author BiographyToby Talbot, a native New Yorker, has been an Upper Westsider since the 1950s. She and her husband Dan Talbot first owned and ran the New Yorker Theater in the 1960s, and then Manhattan's Cinema Studio and Metro Theater in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. They now own and run Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Talbot is the author of A Book About My Mother, Early Disorder, numerous childrens' books, and many translations, among them Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without a Number. She has taught Spanish literature at Columbia College and New York University, was formerly the education editor of El Diario de Nueva York, and now teaches documentary film at the New School University in New York.
- Author(s)Toby Talbot
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication25/09/2009
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note76 black and white photos
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Foreword byMartin Scorcese
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