One of the annual highlights of the New York Film Festival is actress Sylvia Miles, a fixture at festival screenings and parties. I snapped this quick, candid iPhone photo as she chatted up Ira Sachs after his press and industry screening of “Married Life.” And that’s Josh Marston in the background, leaving the Walter Reade theater.
Ira’s film was a minor revelation for me. After hearing some mixed reviews in Toronto, I decided to see it for myself and was thoroughly engaged and impressed. He’s crafted a tight showcase for some excellent performances, including the always exciting Patricia Clarkson. Some are already comparing the movie to AMC‘s “Mad Men,” but I never bought into that show, so I can’t weigh in on that. The period detail and terrific twists and turns make for an entertaining ride. Perceptive viewers should get some fun out of finding little moments or lines that reference period films, which were a big influence on Sachs.