The following essay/ tribute to the late Mal Vincent, long-time cinema and arts critic for The Virginian-Pilot and the producer and host of the Naro’s summer classics series for 17 years, was submitted to us by Ron Stokes, founder of Norfolk’s Generic Theatre, expanding on earlier remarks he had posted on this site soon after Mal’s death.
Washington Post columnist Sonny Bunch posted an interesting commentary about how Nightmare Alley has been able to rise above the fray through a very smart re-distribution of the film in a black and white version.
A public memorial was held at The Naro on Saturday, December 11, 2021, for the late Mal Vincent, long-time movie and theater critic and journalist at The Virginian-Pilot. Hosted by Naro owners Tench Phillips and Thom Vourlas, the program included lively remembrances by colleagues and community members along with musical and visual presentations. The video below (click “read more”) was produced by videographer and digital media specialist Danny Lee Epperson for this event and he has kindly offered to share it with our Naro community at large. Enjoy!