The Plot Against Harry

U.S., 1969, 4K DCP

Showtimes & Tickets

Screened September 29–October 5, 2023

Small-time racketeer and ex-con Harry Plotnick (Martin Priest) exits prison and goes back to his old neighborhood. After a clash collision with his unexpecting ex-wife and now-grown daughter, Harry becomes wrapped up in  his ex-brother-in-law’s catering company and the full middle-class experience plus… a dizzying array of 1960s New York from fashion shows and bar mitzvahs to Cuban-Chinese mobsters and parties on the subway. Shelved after a laughless preview screening with Columbia Pictures execs, The Plot Against Harry found its audience two decades later after writer/director Michael Roemer heard a technician laughing hysterically during a video transfer of the film and went on to submit it to New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, leading to an arthouse hit run and garnering praise from the likes of Roger Ebert, Janet Maslin, and Richard Brody. A Film Desk release

A film by Michael Roemer

Neglected masterpiece…should have become an instant classic.”

Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A jewel found in the grime of New York City… A Felliniesque comedy of Jewish despair.”

A.S. Hamrah, Screen Slate