Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time ... See full summary »
This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other.
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea,
Juan Carlos Tabío
Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »
Enrico Lo Verso,
Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning documentary tells the story of the Frank family and presents the first ... See full summary »
A dedicated music teacher in East Harlem instructs a gaggle of underprivileged children in the art of the violin. In the climax, they play Carnegie Hall with some of the world's foremost ... See full summary »
Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things... See full summary »
After decades of fascist rule in Chile, Patricio Guzman returns to his country to screen his documentary, Battle of Chile, which until the time of the filming was banned by authorities. His... See full summary »
Sadie is desperately looking up to her older sister Georgia who is a famous C&W artist. Sadie wants to be a famous artist like her sister, but is always doing everything wrong. Her ... See full summary »
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
I don't know anyone personally who has had Alzheimer's but my grandmothers' judgment and mental acuity were dimmed as they got older. This was sad but not as heart-rending as the disorienting pillaging of the mind which Alzheimer's does. The cruelty of Alzheimer's only serves to make this film all the more of a possible salve to the concerned family members for whom this film would be useful. Director Deborah Hoffmann films lots of very poignant material with an admirably detached, sometimes bemused mien. Of course the mien probably was adopted in order to mask her pain, but Hoffmann says, very thoughtfully and poignantly, that she began coming to terms with the disease when she realized that it was best to concede her mother (Doris)' claims about her ties, her bonds, her family- basically, if her mother said something, she would not argue with it. Her argument was sound. She said, it doesn't matter to my mother and it's just easier to accept as true, what she says. And what does it hurt anyone if she claims we went to college or were in the same sorority? She's happy, she might not remember tomorrow, and it doesn't change the facts of the matter.
Hoffmann's manner is sensitive but not maudlin. She recognizes the sadness of her mother's condition but her focus, quite rightly, in this film, is in how to address the situation, rather than simply lashing out at the unfairness of her mother's health. She and her partner come off as humane, intelligent women and this is a touching tribute to a woman who Hoffmann loved dearly and which situation undoubtedly saddened her. Incidentally, in further investigation, I discovered that Deborah's mother died in 2002, eight or nine years after the filming of this movie, which were presumably equally difficult-or perhaps not, given Hoffmann's revelation about hos best to come to terms with her mother's illness. In any case, I think this film might be a calming, soothing film to families struggling with the ravages of this illness.
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