Ann Dvorak “Festival” at NYC’s Film Forum

I accompanied my comic-book-writing hubby to New York  last week  for Comic-Con. I usually make the rounds with Josh at the Con, visit the one vintage movie memorabilia dealer who always shows up at these events, and wait in line for a half an hour at the Starbucks stand (convention Starbucks is even pricier than airport Starbucks which is even pricier than regular Starbucks).  I can only be the dutiful wife for so long before Comic-Con madness starts to set in (I once damn near had a nervous breakdown at the San Diego Con and calmed myself by purchasing a $130 Bat Girl doll),  and I need to take a break from the festivities.

This time around I took my Con reprieve  at the Film Forum Theater who is currently celebrating the country’s financial woes by screening a bunch of great Depression-era flicks for their “Breadlines & Champagne” festival. I caught  Frank Capra’s riveting bank drama American Madness, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but was more than a little bitter when I realized they would be showing, not one but TWO Ann Dvorak films later this month.

OK, two films screened on separate, though consecutive, dates probably does not constitute a “festival,” but in the world of Ann Dvorak, this is about as close as it gets. For those of you lucky enough to be in the Big Apple next week, you have the supreme opportunity to sit in a darkened theater with an appreciative crowd and watch:

Three on a Match: Friday, February 20 at 3:20, 6:30, 9:45

Scarface: Saturday, February 21 at 2:50, 6:10, 9:30

I have seen Scarface a few times in theaters around Los Angeles, but have never been to a screening of Three on a Match, which is the first Ann-D movie I ever saw, and is still my favorite. If anyone is able to catch this on the 20th, please let me know how the audience responds when Ann becomes a total coke-head.

The Film Forum Theater is located at 209 W Houston St.

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