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Between the Lines (1977)

Joan Micklin Silver’s second feature foresaw many of the problems that alt-weeklies and journalism still face today.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the ensemble drama Between the Lines (1977), directed by Joan Micklin Silver.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976)
Hester Street (1975)
Easy Rider (1969)
Jaws (1975)
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
Nashville (1975)
California Split (1974)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Invisible Child (1999)
Godfather Part II (1974)
Catch-22 (1970)
The Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Home Alone (1990)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
L.A. Law
The Fly (1986)
7th Heaven
Dawson’s Creek
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Angels in America (2003)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980)
The Big Chill (1983)
House of Games (1987)
The Power Broker
Amadeus (1984)
Working Girl (1988)
Sneakers (1992)
Silkwood (1983)
A Chorus Line (1985)
Girlfriends (1978)
Shaft (2000)
Goodfellas (1990)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Mark Harris’ essay on Silver in Vulture
Matt Zoller Seitz’s obituary of Silver on RogerEbert.com

On the next episode: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922).

Comments or suggestions? Email us at flashback@slate.com.

Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.