uppies can satisfy their preoccupation with educated eccentrics and New York a la
Woody Allen through actor-director Stanley Tucci's tribute to Joe Gould, a man immortalized by writer Joseph Mitchell in The New Yorker
back in the 1940s. After spotting a rumpled and almost penniless Gould emptying a bottle of ketchup into a bowl of soup, Mitchell inquired about the aging man. Discovering that the magna cum laude Harvard grad wandered New York's Greenwich Village compiling The Oral History of Our Time
, an unpublished tome he has forgone employment to write, living solely on the kindness of others, Mitchell wrote a short story, "Professor Seagull," to add to his collection of strange character profiles. This began a 10-year relationship between the intellectuals, which culminated in Mitchell's "Joe Gould's Secret," published after Gould's death--an article considered by some critics to be one of the best character profiles ever written. If historical drama is not your bag, catch another Allen-esque flick, the film festival darling, Judy Berlin
, also opening this weekend. See "Opening Friday" for theaters and times.