Jan. 19, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 9

Prof. Richard Blake, SJ (Fine Arts)

Focus on NY Filmmakers

Four of New York City's most important filmmakers - Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee - will be the subject of a talk by Prof. Richard Blake, SJ (Fine Arts), when the "Writers Among Us" series continues on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cushing 001.

Fr. Blake's recent book, Street Smart: The New York of Lumet, Allen, Scorsese and Lee, discusses how the four, for all their differing styles, ethnic or racial heritage and temperaments, have often relied upon the influences from their New York neighborhoods during their storied careers.

In an interview with Chronicle last fall, Fr. Blake described his writing more as "social analysis and cultural anthropology" than straight film critique. He is also the author of the AfterImage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination in the Works of Six American Film Makers, which explored the use of Catholic symbolism and imagery by Frank Capra, Martin Scorsese, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma and Alfred Hitchcock.

The Chronicle story on Fr. Blake can be viewed on-line.

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