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'1962: New York Film Critics Circle' at BAMcinématek

Sure, there were missiles in Cuba. But what about the film critics' awards?

Nobody asked us, but had the 2009 NYFCC membership voted on the movies of '62, I'm pretty sure the best picture would have been another that didn't make it onto BAM's lineup—The Manchurian Candidate, which actually opened in tandem with the Missile Crisis. (Contrary to urban myth, the movie was a notable hit, though roundly despised by most mainstream critics and the highbrows at Film Culture.) Channeling my adolescent self, I'd have voted for it at the time, along with Jeanne Moreau in Jules and Jim (Most Enchanting Actress), Toshiro Mifune in Yojimbo (Coolest Actor), Claire Bloom in The Chapman Report (Sexiest Supporting Actress), Peter Sellers in Lolita (Weirdest Supporting Actor), Luis Buñuel for Viridiana (Hippest Director), Cape Fear (Scariest Screenplay), and Shoot the Piano Player (Foreign Film I Most Wanted to Live). In fact, mutatis mutandis, I'd vote for most of them now.

The Chapman Report should get an award for something, that's for sure.
Warner Bros./Photofest
The Chapman Report should get an award for something, that's for sure.

jhoberman@villagevoice.com

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