The Best Old Movie on a Big Screen This Week: January 21-27

01/21/2015 11:00 AM |

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Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Directed by Woody Allen
As community-pillar and narcissist Martin Landau turns to shady brother Jerry Orbach for help rationalizing the murder of mistress Anjelica Huston, documentarian Allen hits bottom profiling sitcom producer Alan Alda, not just his more-successful brother-in-law and an insufferable gasbag but also his rival for the affections of professional associate/living-ideal Mia Farrow. Deftly juggling grim moral urgency and comic self-flagellation, the director’s rejoinder to Dostoyevsky gazes no less deeply into the darkest recesses of human nature. A fable about the need for fables, it remains one of the director’s most humane works and perhaps his most chilling. Eli Goldfarb (Jan 24, 25, 12:10pm at the Nitehawk)