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“Present Tense” Screening of LITTLE MURDERS with Jules Feiffer

(1971 | Black comedy | 110 min.)

Presented with Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 | 3 PM | $15 ($12 for Friends of SAC)

The screening will be followed by a conversation with graphic novelist and Little Murders screenwriter Jules Feifffer.

Writing for The New York Times in 1987, on the occasion of a Broadway revival, Frank Rich called Jules Feiffer’s debut play “the darkest and perhaps the funniest comedy ever written about what it was like to be alive and half-crazed in the urban American jungle of the 1960’s.” Set in a nightmarish New York City, Little Murders sees fashion photographer Alfred Chamberlain’s life altered when he meets the dysfunctional family of his newest girlfriend – an interior designer who saved him from being mugged by street thugs. Elliot Gould, the first actor to play Chamberlain on stage during the 1967 one-week run of the play, bought the rights for the screen and tried to convinced Jean-Luc Godard to direct. The French cinema’s enfant terrible refused. The smart solution was to keep the project in the hands of those closest to the play. Feiffer wrote the adaptation and actor Alan Arkin, who directed the first Broadway revival in 1969, was invited to make his feature film directorial debut. Little Murders also stars Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia, Elizabeth Wilson, Doris Robert, Donald Sutherland and Lou Jacobi.

Little Murders was Jules Feiffer’s first screenplay, based on the off-Broadway Alan Arkin production of his play. Later, that same year, the Mike Nichols production of his second screenplay, Carnal Knowledge was released. Other films: Popeye (Altman), I Want To Go Home (Resnais). Now at 90, Feiffer limits his screenplays to graphic novels, having completed his noir trilogy, Kill My Mother, and now at work on The Lost Dimension, a graphic novel series for children. His political cartoons now appear on line in Tablet. He lives on Shelter Island with his wife, the writer, Joan Holden and 3 cats.

The Present Tense series is an adventurous mix of new releases, classics, documentaries and rarely seen subversive comedies, which speak in a variety of ways and styles to our present political and cultural time. Each screening is followed by a conversation with a featured filmmaker or writer.

About Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center

The Sag Harbor Cinema was nearly destroyed in a fire in December, 2016. The Sag Harbor Partnership, after months of fundraising, purchased the Cinema in 2017. The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center was created in 2017 to take charge of its rebuilding and operations.

The Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center will restore the Sag Harbor Cinema and preserve the showing of independent, foreign and documentary films on the East End of Long Island. Its establishment will help preserve Sag Harbor’s historic Main Street. Education, programming and outreach for people of all ages will ensure that the Cinema is here for future generations.



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