Stop the Presses for ‘Between the Lines’ on Digital, Disc June 18


“A fresh, likable romantic comedy with an excellent cast and winning performances.”
 – The Washington Post

Charles S. Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group, today announced that CMG’s Cohen Film Collection will release BETWEEN THE LINES, the second feature film from pioneering American independent director Joan Micklin Silver, in a 2K restoration on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on June 18, 2019.

The acclaimed romantic comedy about the staff of an alternative newspaper, which boasts early breakthrough performances by Jeff Goldblum, John Heard and Lindsay Crouse, is among five films directed by Joan Micklin Silver and produced by her husband, Raphael D. Silver, that were acquired last fall by Cohen Film Collection for distribution in restored versions in theaters and on home video.

BETWEEN THE LINES is set in the offices of a Boston alternative newspaper, where the writers and editors enjoy a positive and open-minded work environment. Music critic Max (Jeff Goldblum, The Fly, Independence Day) uses his influence to score dates, while news reporter Harry (John Heard, Cat People, Joan Micklin Silver’sHead Over Heels)is dating the lovely Abbie (Oscar nominee Lindsay Crouse, Places in the Heart, House of Games), the publication’s lead photographer. However, it seems as though their relatively carefree days are numbered when the owner of a major publishing company buys the paper, leading to more money, but even more changes.

The winning cast also includes Gwen Welles (Robert Altman’s Nashville), Bruno Kirby (The Godfather: Part II, City Slickers), Marilu Henner (Taxi)and Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde).

Joan Micklin Silver is a pioneer both as a female writer-director and as a seminal figure in the new independent American cinema that arose in the 1970s. Her first feature, Hester Street(1975), a one-of-a-kind romantic drama about turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants on New York’s Lower East Side, was a sleeper hit that made a star of Carol Kane. BETWEEN THE LINES, her 1977 follow-up, gained her entrée into studio filmmaking – where she maintained her unique voice while creating such acclaimed films as Head Over Heels(aka Chilly Scenes of Winter)and Crossing Delancey.

BETWEEN THE LINES received critical acclaim upon its original release, with The New York Times‘ Vincent Canby calling it “an appealing, low-key, counter-culture newspaper comedy.” Variety‘s critic praised its “excellently written script” and “overall first rate acting by the entire cast.” Leonard Maltin called it a “thoroughly enjoyable sleeper about the emotional problems of the staff of a Boston underground newspaper … The performances are first-rate all the way.”
Jonathan Romney, writing in Film Commenton the occasion of the film’s recent theatrical re-release, said, “BETWEEN THE LINES is barely about a newspaper at all, more about a bunch of youngish people whose energies are running out, as American counterculture itself had run their course, with the ’80s and its hard-nosed principles about to kick in.”

Bonus material on the Blu-ray and DVD include a new interview with director Joan Micklin Silver, the original trailer and the 2018 re-release trailer.

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