Roy Cohn, Boxing Promoter — And Best Films of 1959!


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January 6, 1960, Vol. V, No. 11

Back in the Ring

By Sarah Schoenkopf

Returning to the fight game after a 24-year lapse, Villager Humbert J. (Jack) Fugazy, age 73, has just “cleaned up” the details for what he considers “the greatest promotion there ever was.”

Mr. Fugazy calls himself the “director general” for a syndicate, headed by attorney Roy M. Cohn, which plans to stage the rematch between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson at the Polo Grounds in late June…

Mr. Fugazy told The Voice last week that the rematch was “bought for a pretty good price” from Vincent J. Velella, an East Harlem Republican politician who is now under indictment for perjury, and Bill Rosensohn, whose matchmaker’s license has been suspended.

Mr. Fugazy’s group is known as Cohn’s Feature Sports, Inc. Mr. Cohn used to to make news as the more vocal half of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Communist-ferreting, super-sleuth team of Cohn and Shine during the days of the Un-American Activities Committee…

The Year’s Best

By Jonas Mekas

In keeping with last year’s tradition, I have asked a few independent film critics, writers, and film-makers whose opinions I greatly respect for their lists of the better films they have seen during the past year. Here are the lists:

HERMAN G. WEINBERG: Of the new films I saw this past year, I liked the following without reservation (they are listed in no particular order): “Touch of Evil,” “Lola Montes,” “The 400 Blows,” “Ivan the Terrible, Part II,” “The Anatomy of Love,” “The Roof.” I also liked “Grand Illusion,” re-issued in its complete form. (Unfortunately, I did not se “Aparajito.”) With the exception of “The 400 Blows,” this list, I am all too aware, reads like a compendium of lost causes. It’s pretty much the way I feel about the artistic future of the cinema.

ANDREW SARRIS: The six most striking European films released here in 1959 include: “Wild Strawberries,” “The 400 Blows,” “Brink of Life,” “The Cousins,” “Ivan the Terrible, Part II,” and “The Magician,” each reflecting the ascendancy of romanticism over realism in world cinema. The four English-language entries – “Room at the Top,” “On the Beach,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “North by Northwest” – which round out my split-level 10-best list are less creative than the aforementioned works of Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Eisenstein, Francois Truffaut, and Claude Chabrol.

BILL MANVILLE: “The Walking, Standing, Running, Jumping, and Etcetera Movie” – the wildest camp of the year. “Room at the Top” – Even better than the book. And Simone Signoret comes on in a way which explains why so many guys have given up on the native American-brand, Debbie Reynolds-type scratch-and-tickle, forever, in favor of European women. “The Seventh Seal” – I understand this is a 1958 movie, but I didn’t see it until 1959, so it qualifies for me. That religious parade was the single best sequence I’ve ever seen in movies. All other movies I saw sickened me, especially “Ask Any Girl.”

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