(United States, 1989, 102 minutes, color, Rated R)
Directed by Uli Edel. Starring Stephen Lang, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Burt Young.
Set in the working class underbelly of Brooklyn in the 1950s, amid a milieu of union corruption, prostitution and violence, this award-winning film stars Stephen Lang as a factory shop steward who falls in love with a transgender woman. Desmond Nakano adapted the script from the underground classic 1964 novel by Hubert Selby Jr., the subject of obscenity trials and book bans.
7 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023
Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany NY 12203
Free parking. Free and open to the public.
"Last Exit to Brooklyn"
Join major American actor Stephen Lang for a conversation about "Last Exit to Brooklyn" at the 3rd Annual Albany Film Festival on Saturday, April 1.
A star of both the Broadway stage and Hollywood screen, Lang portrays the main antagonist Colonel Miles Quaritch in "Avatar" (2009) and "Avatar: The Way of Water" (2022).
Praise for "Last Exit to Brooklyn"
In his New York Times review, Vincent Canby wrote the film "is both grim and eloquent. The strike scenes are some of the roughest ever seen in a fiction film." Canby added the film "has a European sensibility that works to the advantage of its American subject matter...[and] sees everything at the distance of a sober-minded alien observer. One result is that 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' never appears to exploit its sensational subject matter."
Roger Ebert wrote the characters "are limited in their freedom to imagine greater happiness for themselves, and yet in their very misery they embody human striving. There is more of humanity in a prostitute trying to truly love, if only for a moment, than in all of the slow-motion romantic fantasies in the world."