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The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek


This bold wartime comedy from the redoubtable Preston Sturges stars Betty Hutton as a woman who wakes up pregnant and possibly married after a dimly recollected night of partying with a group of G.I.’s and sets her sights on a childhood friend (Eddie Bracken) as a possible surrogate husband. Bonus material includes a piece on the film’s struggles with the Production Code.

New Jack City

(Warner Bros.)

The new two-disc “special edition” of Mario Van Peebles’s hip-hop Scarface comes loaded with extras, including a commentary track by the director; a making-of piece featuring stars Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, and Allen Payne; a walking tour of Harlem with Van Peebles; a tribute to the movie from various artists and radio personalities; and a trio of music videos, one of which is—yes indeed—Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up.”

Paris Is Burning

(Buena Vista)

Cinema studies professors across the land, rejoice! A staple of film school syllabi, Jennie Livingston’s alternately ebullient and poignant 1991 documentary looks at the world of Harlem drag queens. The movie scans now as a time capsule of a bygone New York, but its central concerns of race, class, and sexuality remain as timely as ever. A commentary track with the director, editor Jonathan Oppenheim, and stars Willi Ninja and Freddie Pendavis promises its share of “where are they now” moments.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 13, 2005

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