Published: February 2006
Film critic Richard A. Blake, SJ, talks with Boston College Magazine editor Ben Birnbaum about Blake’s new book, Street Smart: The New York of Lumet, Allen, Scorsese, and Lee (University Press of Kentucky, 2005), in which he examines the lives and works of four native New York filmmakers—Sidney Lumet, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Spike Lee—and their relationship to the New York cities they invent in their movies.
A professor of fine arts at Boston College and codirector of the Film Studies Program, Blake has reviewed films for America magazine for the past 30 years. He grew up in Brooklyn, received his Ph.D. in radio, television, and film from Northwestern University, and is the author of four previous books on film, The Lutheran Milieu of the Films of Ingmar Bergman (1977), Screening America: Reflections on Five Classic Films (1992), Woody Allen: Profane and Sacred (1995), and Afterimage: The Indelible Catholic Imagination of Six American Filmmakers (2000).
“Neighborhood cinema” was filmed in the MTS studios in Campion Hall, in Chestnut Hill, on January 31, 2006.