Posted September 19, 2017 by D. K. Holm
This week, 40 years ago, Andrew Sarris introduce a new feature to the pages of the Village Voice. Called Sneak Previews, he rounded up the best movies available on television for the week. Characteristically, Sarris begins with a mission statement, in which he assesses the state of movie-going, the conflicts between television, and issues with televisual broadcasting of films, before going on to highlight various series of films (Schickel’s “Films of Persuasion” on WNET) and some nostalgia picks such as The Little Foxes, Lang’s Moonfleet, Village of the Damned, and the Astaire-Rogers musical Roberta, the least seen of the series because of legal issues, and Sarris’s favorite. Sneak Previews ran for the duration of Sarris’s tenure at the VV though eventually others contributed as well.
Otherwise, I’ll save my energy for next week, when Sarris covers the 15th annual New York Film Festival, with new works such as Salo, Varda’s One Sings, The Other Doesn’t, and Herzog’s hypnosis movie Heart of Glass. That blog entry will appear just in time for the 55th edition of the NYFF.
All his squibs are well worth reading. Unfortunately, this particular issue of the Voice is not available on the Google newspaper pages.