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Saturday, May 19, 2021

Looks like Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is the place to go for meeting the moviemaking folk.

Just as a visit there last summer netted me the opportunity to chat with the cast of Edmond, last night my viewing of The Treatment resulted in a brief post-show Q&A with director Oren Rudavsky.

Rudavsky mentioned that he used to dream about seeing a movie of his someday being shown at the Lincoln. So I guess it is a hotbed of cinematic endeavor.

It turned out to be a nice way to top off what had been an enjoyable flick. It’s been an unusually sparse movie-going season for me these past few months, a combination of lack of time and lack of compelling interest in even the arthouse releases. It just happened that I had a free night for once, and needed a release outlet after a particularly straining week. The Treatment delivered: A brainy little quirk of a romantic comedy, paced so perfectly that it seemed denser than its rather short 85-minute runtime.

The actual Q&A with Rudavsky was short, too. It was a very sparse crowd; maybe if they’d promoted beforehand that he’d be there, it’d have been fuller (it apparently was an impromptu visit — an usher came in just before the lights went down to announce it, and I almost forgot about it as the credits started rolling). He answered a couple of questions for about 10 minutes, and that was that.

Mainly to keep the session going, I tossed out a question of my own: How did Rudavsky decide on Chris Eigeman for the lead role of Jake? The director answered by praising Eigeman for his depth and range, especially as he’s gotten older; basically, he said that he was the best of the bunch from the auditions. I’m glad he was, because Eigeman was a chief reason for me going to this movie. He has a compelling presence that appealed to me ever since I first caught Barcelona.

I wanted to ask Rudavsky a more trivial question, too. Despite having plenty of time, I didn’t want to sound like a total movie geek. But here it is, after the fact:

When Ian Holme, as Dr. Morales, described the character Allegra as “a phoenix, rising anew”, was that an intentional inside joke? Because, after all, Famke Janssen, who plays the widow Allegra, is probably best known to mainstream audiences for playing Phoenix in X-Men: The Last Stand. The Morales line got a chuckle out of me, and at least a couple of others in the audience, so somebody else made the connection, I’m guessing.

To close, my favorite line of dialogue from The Treatment:

Allegra Marshall: I thought [your analyst] was supposed to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin?
Jake Singer: He’s more the exfoliating type.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/19/2007 03:44:50 PM
Category: Movies, New Yorkin'
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