Today MoMA launches a retrospective of Bronx-born filmmaker Abel Ferrara. Screen Slate's fellow NY native Stephanie Monohan has a career-spanning essay, writing:
"Abel Ferrara’s characters are constantly pushing against themselves. Striving for absolution while succumbing to their base impulses, his creations attempt to find or reclaim their moral core through self-immolation. What better home for most of them than New York City, a place rife with paradoxes: ablaze with both life and self-destruction, an underbelly that is barely concealed, an arena of (contested) authenticity for which we now turn to Ferrara’s oeuvre for a glimpse, as it becomes less and less recognizable every day."