~Movie Night with Jonathan Lethem/Nov 9 – Scarecrow


GENE HACKMAN and AL PACINO (!!) in the 1973 film classic: SCARECROW

Film Review
November 1, 2006 by JAN ALBERT

Movie Night with JONATHAN LETHEM

Part of IFC Center’s Speical Guest-Curator Series,

with Director Jerry Schatzberg,

Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 pm

Award-winning author Jonathan Lethem will appear in person at the IFC Center Thursday,
November 9 at 7:30 to present a rare screening of SCARECROW, joined by
his special guest, the film’s editor, Jerry Schatzberg.

A 70s road-movie classic shot by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond, SCARECROW
(1973) stars Gene Hackman and Al Pacino as two drifters, Max and Lion, who warily form a
friendship as they hitchhike across the country. The film won the Palme d’Or for Best Film
at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jonathan Lethem published his first novel, Gun with Occasional Music, in 1994.
He first garnered major critical and audience attention with Motherless Brooklyn (1999),
a tale of a private detective with Tourette syndrome, which won the National Book
Critics Circle Award. Among his recent works are The Fortress of Solitude
(2003), a semi-autobiographical novel set in late-970’s Brooklyn, and a collection of
essays, The Disappointment Artist (2005). In 2005, Lethem was named
recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship grant. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jerry Schatzberg was an established professional photographer, with work published in
Vogue and McCalls, before he turned to filmmaking. Among
his credits as a director are The Panic in Needle Park
(1971), The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) and Street Smart

In the Movie Nights Program, the IFC Center turns over a theater to special guests
and lets them call the shots. Audiences can discover what some of their
favorite authors, musicians, artists and filmmakers would pick if it were Movie Night
at their house. Participants appear in person to share why they made their selections:
to acknowledge the brilliance of a timeless classic, spotlight an unsung gem, or defend
a guilty pleasure. Past guests include the filmmaker David Gordon Green, Slovenian theorist
and philosopher Slavoj Zizek, singer-songwriter-actor Will Oldham, director and
Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, and French auteur Gaspar Noz.

Tickets for the evening are $12 general admission/$10 seniors.

Proceeds from the Movie Night benefit 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
supporting students’ writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students
to write.

IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas at West 3rd Street, box office: 212-924-7771.

For showtimes, advance tickets, and more information, visit ifcenter.com