The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: February 11-17

02/11/2015 9:30 AM |


Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Directed by John Cassavetes
The second of Cassavetes’s six films starring his wife Gena Rowlands is a highwire romantic comedy played without a net. Museum employee Minnie (Rowlands) first encounters car-parker Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel, in resplendent ponytail and walrus whiskers) following the worst blind date in all of cinema, and he all but kidnaps her in order to see her again: meet-cute, meet chaos. Over the next four days, the two don’t so much fall in love as join hands and leap into it—from atop a cliff. This is an electric work, clear-eyed and unblinking, joyous as only a few films manage to be. Eli Goldfarb (Feb 15, 8:45pm; Feb 16, 6:45pm at Anthology Film Archives’s “Valentine’s Day Massacre”)