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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Buster and Fritz

Whenever I get a chance to recommend Buster Keaton, I recommend Buster Keaton. This weekend, I recommend Buster Keaton at the Cleveland Cinematheque. Over the next four weekends, you can see Buster Keaton short films. Tomorrow evening (5:15 pm), three from 1920 and 1921 are playing: “The High Sign,” “One Week,” “Convict 13,”  and “The […]

Three for the Show

This weekend, abbreviated because of the holiday, offers only three movies, all of them good bets. You can see Ozu once again, as part of the Cinematheque series Marriage a la Ozu, in the 1957 family drama Tokyo Twilight. Less gentle and less benign than other offerings from this Japanese director, it’s also long at […]

Belatedly

I’ve been remiss re the Cinematheque. Sometimes I’m not enthusiastic about any of the films, but I’m writing now, because I can be excited about a couple offerings. It’s Yasujiro Ozu again, this time 1956’s Early Spring. (Late Spring, Mid-Winter, Fall Equinox–write your own Ozu-of-the -Similar-Title joke.) This one’s a tad steamier than most, using […]

Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day made me feel sad. Our family’s last grandmother, my step-mother-in-law Grace, died last year. Also, the news all around us conveys so much grief for and about mothers—Sandy Hook, Boston, and now Cleveland’s horrendous news of abducted and abused daughters. Happily, these Proserpinas have returned to their families, but how much horror there […]

Ozu Once Again

This weekend at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque I recommend 1948’s A Hen in the Wind (Sat. 5:15 pm; Sun. 6:30 pm) based on its director Yasujiro Ozu, who made such great Japanese classics as Late Spring and Tokyo Story. It sounds like a sad one–a woman prostituting herself to care for her child–but is […]

No Buzz

How do you choose which books to read and which movies to see? All of us are probably somewhat susceptible to “buzz”–the blaring ads and TV talk-show promos and mentions on National Public Radio that make us think we have to see or read a particular work. My book group just read Wild, for example, the best-selling memoir by […]