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Cinema in a Minor Key

27 March 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

  5. Cinema in a Minor Key  Weekend 5 - Feb.14-16th“minor key  noun 1: a musical key or tonality in the minor mode; 2: a mood of melancholy or pathos; 3: a restrained manner: a small or limited scale.” in Merriam-Webster DictionaryThe fifth Harvard-Gulbenkian program focuses upon a trio of artists- Manuel Mozos, Argentine filmmaker Martín Rejtman and Quebec-based Canadian director Denis Côté - who similarly embrace a refreshingly alternate idea(l) of cinema - a deliberately "minor" mode of cinema grounded in the specificity of the resolutely local places explored by their films and in the delicate balance achieved by their greatest work between melancholy and wry humor, realism and fantasy. Offering nuanced, muted and minor reinventions of traditional genres, the deadpan screwball comedy of Rejtman’s Silvia Prieto and the minimalist melodramas of Mozos’ Xavier and Côté’s Curling are charged with profound political nuance and a lasting »

- Cinema Dialogues: Harvard at the Gulbenkian

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Edward Herrmann: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Master Character Actor

31 December 2014 4:19 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Edward Herrmann was a master of character, one of those actors who could be counted on to deliver no matter what else was happening on the screen or stage.

Herrmann, who died Wednesday at the age of 71, was famously adept at playing historical figures, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt (many times, most recently as the voiceover in Ken Burns’ “The Rooosevelts: An Intimate History”) to Lou Gehrig, William Randolph Hearst (in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Cat’s Meow”), Raymond Massey (in biopic “James Dean”), Joseph Breen (enforcer of Hollywood’s Production code from the 1930s-50s), Nelson Rockefeller, Alger Hiss, Fred Friendly and George Bernard Shaw.

Herrmann also had a face that was born to play priests, cops, dads and nondescript world leaders. Reviewing the 1999 NBC miniseries “Atomic Train,” Variety declared that Herrmann’s turn as the U.S. commander-in-chief was just about the only redeeming quality of the limp thriller »

- Cynthia Littleton

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