Category Archives: Movies

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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Eclectically Bleak

I own a tee shirt which proclaims, “I survived Satantango.” Given to me by a sympathetic friend, it refers to a seven-hour, black-and-white film by Hungarian director Bela Tarr. Its tone is called “miserablist.” Yes, not only seven hours, but seven … Continue reading

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Good Movies Galore

I have fond memories of Jean de Florette and its sequel, Manon of the Spring,which came out in 1986. The brilliant Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil conspire against a thin, handsome (even with a hunchback!) Gerard Depardieu and, playing his daughter, the spectacularly beautiful … Continue reading

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C’Est Finis

A period of my life has ended. At the beginning of Christmas break, around the second week of December, I began reading Les Miserables (1862), preparing to see the film (based on the musical, based on the book) over the … Continue reading

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Too Many Choices!

I’m seeing The Last Days of Pompeii, based on the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, this Friday (7:00 pm) at the Cleveland Museum of Art, for several reasons. First, I teach Latin and am interested in the subject. I have invited … Continue reading

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Two Movies to See

Holy Motors, a recent French film showing at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque this weekend (Thursday at 8:45 pm and Friday at 8:35 pm) is a very, very weird movie by director Leos Carax. It features a complicated, enigmatic, fascinating … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking Film at Cinematheque

I have been a Bill Cosby fan from childhood and can date my affection to his first appearance on network TV. On the Tonight Show in 1963, he performed, not the Noah skit which helped make him famous, but a routine … Continue reading

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Scary Cinematheque Movies

My blog neglected the Cinematheque movies last week. I didn’t feel compelled to write about them, but last night I overcame some trepidations and saw and enjoyed This Must Be the Place, a 2001 film directed by Paolo Sorrentino, with a whacked … Continue reading

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The Bride Wore Black

  I’m looking forward to The Bride Wore Black this weekend at the Cinematheque, not because I’ve seen it before but because I haven’t. I consider myself a fan of the director Francois Truffaut, but this 1968 thriller represents a gap … Continue reading

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