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Mostly hotly anticipated among cinephiles is Film Forum's overdue selection of films by Nicholas Ray — "Le cinéma, c'est Nicholas Ray," said Godard — from July 17-August 6; their other major summer tentpole is a Brit Noir series featuring high-gloss classics by Hitchcock and Michael Powell, and small, dark pre- and postwar crime stories (Aug 7-Sept 3), followed by a two-week run of Carol Reed's Catholic manhunt Odd Man Out. Down the other end of Houston Street, Anthology Film Archives presents festival favorite Lake Tahoe, from "Mexican Jarmusch" Fernando Eimbcke, of Duck Season nonfame, and salutes underground radical Robert Kramer (July 17-23) and Austria's jaundice-eyed New Europe chronicler Ulrich Seidl (July 24-30).
As with Ray, it's been a while since NYC had a concentrated dose of Andrei Tarkovsky, a situation soon to be rectified by the Walter Reade (July 7-14), who'll follow it up with a survey of Shakespeare adaptations (July 15-26). And the New York Film Critics Circle celebrates 75 years of inside baseball with a MoMA series (July 3-September 23) featuring NYFCC honorees picked from the Museum's collection by the Circle's current members; your challenge this summer is to curate a superior greatest-hits series from the myriad options available.