"I made SMILES in the Summer of 1964 in NYC. The beautiful and talented Melissa McCall stars along with Roy Scheider in his first leading man role. Marty Scorcese was an NYU student at the time. He worked on the picture as an assistant. Marty showed great promise. The man in the telephone booth is Hugh Mooney, the writer of SMILES. And the man with the tennis racket at 2:26 is the great film editor Carl Lerner. I woked for…
who are yah gonna believe?
An erudite scholar who has chronicled the West Bank since the First Intifada....or the showman attorney working for Donald Trump, Jeffery Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Oj Simpson, Jim Baker - ?
Perhaps it’s fitting for a film so elusive that Abel seems to have the fuzziest of memories about the making. At the q&a I attended, when asked about what he thought of the film seeing it 20+ years later, he said something to the affect of “I was like who the fuck made this?!” And when Willem Dafoe remarked that he remembered a lot of improvisation on set, Abel said “you do?”
Other highlights from said q&a:
- “when I…