The United Artists 90th anniversary has been imaginatively programmed by Bruce Goldstein, the Film Forum’s director of repertory programming. The festival begins on an unusually high note, with Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), with Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty and Joe Pesci giving the performances of their lives (March 28 and 29, at 1, 5:10 and 9:20). Raging Bull shows along with the “second feature,” Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979), still my favorite of all his films, with Allen, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Anne Byrne and Tisa Farrow (March 28 and 29, at 3:20 and 7:30).
These are followed by Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (1957), with Kirk Douglas (March 30, at 1, 4:20 and 7:40, and March 31, at 1 and 4:20), and The Killing (1956), with Sterling Hayden, Elisha Cook Jr., Marie Windsor, Timothy Casey, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen and Ted de Corsia (March 30, at 2:40, 6 and 9:20, and March 31, at 2:40, 6 and 10:30). Blake Edwards and Peter Sellers take center stage on Tuesday, April 1, with 1968’s The Party (at 1:30, 5:20 and 9:10) and 1964’s A Shot in the Dark (at 3:25 and 7:15).
Two of the greatest westerns of all time play on Wednesday, April 2: John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939), with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, John Carradine, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell, Louise Platt, Donald Meek, George Bancroft, Berton Churchill and Tim Holt (at 3:25 and 7:45); and Howard Hawks’ Red River (1948), with John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, Walter Brennan, Coleen Gray, Noah Beery, Jr., Harry Carey Jr. and Harry Carey Sr. (at 1, 5:15 and 9:35).
Note: On Monday, March 31, Raoul Walsh’s silent film The Thief of Bagdad (1924) will be accompanied by a live piano. The Killing will be shown as a single feature at 10:30.