As a lifelong movie geek who’s run the gamut of specialized interests from A to Z, presently there’s nothing more precious to me than prescient vintage cinema connecting to the here and now, preferably in a satirical vein.
Such is the case with Woody Allen’s directorial debut “Take the Money and Run” (1969) in which he plays a convicted felon who, with parole as incentive, submits to an experimental vaccine never previously tried on humans. It has the temporary (accidental) side-effect of turning him into a rabbi long enough to explain why matzo is consumed to celebrate the Passover holidays. If only we could expect such amusement from aftereffects of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Covid-19) Vaccine which, as anyone who’s been paying attention knows, has a somewhat worrisome track record at this writing. Better rendered rabbinical than rabid any day of the week, I say.
But seriously, reminded of Woody Allen’s prophetic zinger I decided “Take the Money and Run” would be the next leg in the Newman Center Film Series on Tour. Remember, we’re not at the Newman Center until further notice but on indefinite tour, and we’ll be at the Hampton Inn, 586 State Route 3 (west of the former Uno’s restaurant) at 7 pm Saturday, January 16th for “Take the Money and Run.” On reel-to-reel 16mm film! Free, with donations welcome (free food as well).
The usual Covid-19 restrictions apply. Please register your interest in attending by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling/texting 518-802-1220. Thanks and hope to see you at the movies!