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You don't have to be a fan of Broadway musicals to love every minute of Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened. This story of one of the most crushing flops to ever hit the Great White Way speaks to the ambition that drives all of us, even sometimes into a brick wall. Back in 1981, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and producer-director Harold Prince were the toasts of Broadway with such hits as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. They could do no wrong – that is until their new collaboration, »
True-Crime Terror! Richard Fleischer and Edward Anhalt’s riveting serial killer makes extensive use of split- and multi-screen imagery. One of the most infamous murder sprees on record fudges some facts but still impresses as a novel approach.
1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Cinematography Richard H. Kline
Film Editor Marion Rothman
Produced by Robert Fryer
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Twelve years ago i wasn’t all that impressed with The Boston Strangler. I thought it too slick and felt that its noted multi-screen sequences were a trick gimmick. I appreciate it more now — except for the name cast, »
- Glenn Erickson
“One of the lessons of adulthood is disappointment,” says a bleary-eyed Abigail Pogrebin as she muses on her time in the original Broadway production of “Merrily We Roll Along,” Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince’s notorious flop that ended their decades-long collaborative friendship and the subject of Lonny Price’s nostalgic documentary, “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened,” which debuted at the New York Film Festival.
Price, (whom “Dirty Dancing” fans may recognize as the guy who put Baby in the corner), was part of the original cast of the musical. Based on the popular 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, “Merrily” tells the life stories of its three main characters in reverse order; they start out bitter and jaded adults, and by the show’s end have reverted to hopeful and starry-eyed kids. Prince, the legendary Broadway producer and the first to combine producing with directing, »
- Jude Dry
The 2016 New York Film Festival is a big draw for the city’s movie lovers — and this year, it may attract a crowd of theater fans, too. From the premiere of a “Hamilton” documentary to an immersive, multiplatform storytelling experiment with live actors, here’s what theater lovers and performing-arts avids should check out at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual fest, which runs through Oct. 16.
1. Hamilton’s America
Oct. 1, 2, 15, 16
Can’t wait until this documentary, about Lin-Manuel Miranda and the road to “Hamilton,” debuts on PBS Great Performances Oct. 21? Festivalgoers will get a sneak peak of Alex Horwitz’s film in world premiere screenings at Nyff. Expect special guests Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
2. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Oct. 9, 10, 16
- Gordon Cox
4 items from 2016
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