Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Newspaper Picture at Film Forum

Every so often Film Forum puts on a great series of old movies centered on a theme. From now until May 6, they are showing several great old movies about the newspaper business. Considering that this is a now-dying industry, perhaps this festival is a last hurrah of sorts.

There are actually many great movies about newspapers: The Front Page, His Girl Friday, Ace in the Hole, Sweet Smell of Success, The Philadelphia Story, and All the President's Men. And the greatest movie of all time, Citizen Kane, is about a newspaper publisher based on William Randolf Hearst, the original media king (in his day he was bigger than Rupert Murdoch, Summer Redstone, and Ted Turner put together).

So if you're interested in a time when newspapers mattered and journalists were well-regarded, this festival is definitely worth checking out.

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