Wednesday, January 19, 2005

MOVIES OF THE MONTH New York-based readers take note: A double-bill of two wonderful, rarely-seen Scorcese documentaries lands at Film Forum for a short run starting this weekend.

ITALIANAMERICAN takes the form of an extended interview with Scorcese's parents, but the piece adds up to much more than an exercise in navel-gazing nostalgia. (Scorcese once called it, "the best film I ever made.")

AMERICAN BOY, an innovative and bizarre film, takes as its subject actor and roadie Steven Prince: Over the course of an hour, the draft-dodger and ex-junkie works his way through a serious of lunatic anecdotes and recollections as Scorcese peppers him with questions. In the end, it's almost impossible to figure out how much of Prince's story ought to be believed.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.