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Scorsese, Affleck to Fill 'Generation' Gap at Walter Reade

The Film Society of Lincoln Center sent over a note last week that I thought I'd hold off passing along until this morning, lest your weekend sojourn at the business end of a wine bottle clear any memories of your duty this morning: Martin Scorsese and Ben Affleck are locked in for the last couple of Next Generation of Film series events that have been taking over the Walter Reade Theater off-and-on since September. Which would be a noteworthy enough newsflash on its own, except that tickets go on sale this morning. And they're just $10.

The Scorsese event on Nov. 27 is described as a "rare conversation," and for the sake of argument I'll take the Film Society's word for it: Ostensibly he'll be discussing George Seaton and William Perlberg films of the 1950s and '60s, including The Bridges at Toko-Ri and The Proud and the Profane, but you'll probably get to ask your breathless questions about Oscar hopes and Rolling Stones documentaries and other similarly "Next Generation"-ish subjects that dominate the present day. Meanwhile, Affleck will be on hand Dec. 6 following a screening of Hollywoodland, which drew accolades for Affleck's performance as 1950s Superman actor (and notorious suicide) George Reeves. He will also discuss his writing/producing/directing debut Gone, Baby, Gone, an Dennis Lehane adaptation on which Affleck is winding down post-production.

And where I've been a bit hard on the Film Society in the past for some of its events' steep ticket prices, it is a great comfort to see this pair arrive at the box office for what amounts to a nominal fee. I mean, a night with Scorsese? $10? I just hope I haven't sent this too late. Head to the FSLC Web site for more info. Sure it's Monday morning, but your boss will understand.

Posted at November 13, 2006 8:55 AM

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