The Thin Blue Line: A Radical Classic By Charles Musser
Inside the Pink Stable By Chuck Stephens
New Yorkers in the mood for the gritty side of their own cinema history should book it to Manhattan’s Film Forum, where you can still catch the last week of the series New Yawk New Wave. This survey of rough-and-tumble movies shot on location in the city from the 1950s to the 1970s has included a host of counterculture landmarks from such rebel artists as John Cassavetes, Shirley Clarke, Robert Downey Sr., and Norman Mailer. One of our favorite selections is William Greaves’ wildly entertaining Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (January 27 and 28), a brash, semidocumentary meta-movie in which Greaves plays an approximation of himself directing a psychodrama so strange that the crew threatens mutiny. Among its many pleasures are glimpses of Central Park in the spring of 1968—which you can also see in this trailer, produced by Janus Films for the film’s 2006 theatrical rerelease.