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New York Film Festival: Abel Ferrara, 4:44 Last Day on Earth

A true giant of American independent cinema Abel Ferrara’s partnership with Shanyn Leigh, a practicing Buddhist many years his junior, has had a positive result with this new film, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, in which Leigh stars with Willem Dafoe and which world premiered at Venice and then the New York Film Festival. Now 60, the exuberant filmmaker (Bad Lieutenant, The Funeral, Ms. 45) achieves a comeback of sorts with his incisive look at an East Village couple facing the world’s end.


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.