FAR FROM HEAVEN
2002, Focus Features, 107 min, USA/France, Dir: Todd Haynes

Two relationships challenge convention in a 1950s Connecticut town in this insightful drama that recalls the best work of Douglas Sirk. After Cathy (Julianne Moore) discovers her husband (Dennis Quaid) in the arms of another man, she grows closer to the couple’s black gardener (Dennis Haysbert). Winner of five Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature and Director.


THE LORD’S OF FLATBUSH
1974, Sony Repertory, 86 min, USA, Dir: Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona

This low-budget coming-of-age drama about four guys in a Brooklyn street gang offers a much grittier, more realistic look at life in the 1950s than AMERICAN GRAFFITI. As their days of hanging out at the pool hall, hitting on local girls and battling rivals draws to a close, friends Chico, Stanley, Butchey and Wimpy approach adulthood with varying degrees of reluctance. The central quartet features a pair of actors on the brink of superstardom: Sylvester Stallone was two years away from ROCKY, and Henry Winkler was just about to don a leather jacket as Fonzie in TV’s “Happy Days.” With Susan Blakely.


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