16mm Film Screening: Classic Comedies

Cohen’s fire sale

1907, 15 min.

The location shooting in this early silent film gives today’s audiences a glimpse of turn-of-the-century New York. Its humor lies in ethnic stereotypes and a typical chase sequence. A Jewish hat shop owner sets fire to his store in order to collect the insurance money.

The Existentialist

1964, 8 min.

A classic short film of the sixties in which a man walks through New York City with a broad smile on his face while the traffic, crowds and life of the city go by him in reverse. A humorous statement on non-conformity and the relationship of the individual to his surroundings.

The Cop and the anthem

1982, 23 min.

A comic look at a New York City bum who tries to get jailed for the cold winter months. After many failures, he is ironically arrested when he decides to reform.

Outrageous taxi stories

1989, 25 min.

Capitalizing on the mystique surrounding the New York City cab driver, this unscripted “fun-u-mentary” features a collection of nine stories recounted by four drivers and one passenger. Their tales of the road, alternately and sometimes, simultaneously, surreal, romantic and zany, provide a unique window into the world of the cabbie.

Mon, September 30, 2019

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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