Tuesday’s Flick Picks
Public Programs Manager Denise Giannino and Film Studies Coordinator Diane Thelen teamed up to bring you a new film recommendation each week from March-September, 2020 to educate and entertain on an artist or period related to the VBMA’s permanent collection. Check out the repository of recommendations.
Following the death of her husband, Edie embarks on a trip to the Scottish Highlands to climb the world-famous Mt. Suilven. Along the way, she hires young camping shop owner Jonny to be her guide. Despite the generational differences, Jonny encourages Edie to fulfill her dream.
Director Mo-Young Jin acts as a fly-on-the-wall observing “100-year old Lovebirds” Byong-man Jo and Gye-yeul Kang who have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years.
The Farewell (2019) Drama. The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decides to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes.
The Sunshine Boys (1975) Comedy. Lewis and Clark, aka The Sunshine Boys, were famous comedians during the vaudeville era, but off-stage they couldn’t stand each other and haven’t spoken in over 20 years of retirement.
Quartet (2013) Comedy. The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto.
Painting Anna (2019). Docu-drama. A young accountant leaves her stable job to pursue her dream of becoming a painter.
Jeanette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc (2018) Musical. Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.
Lillie (1978) 13 episode television drama series. Lillie Langtry attracts rich and sometimes brutal lovers, endures financial ruin and scandal, yet maintains her dignity, elegance, and a certain amount of her beauty until the end of her life.
Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) DocumentaryAn intimate look at the life and work of the legendary Greek/American opera singer in her own words.
Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018) Documentary. The film explores the extraordinary life and career of Robin Williams. Told largely through Robin’s own voice and using a wealth of never-before-seen archival footage.
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) Biopic. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy, and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world.
Cunningham (2019) Documentary. Cunningham traces Merce’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944-1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers.
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Documentary. Decades before digital technology transformed how we make and see pictures, Garry Winogrand made over 1 million of them with his 35mm Leica camera, creating an encyclopedic portrait of America from the late 1950s to the early 1980s in the process. The film tells the story of an artist whose rise and fall was – like America’s in the late decades of the 20th century – larger-than-life, full of contradictions and totally unresolved.
Woman at War (2018) Comedy. A fifty-year-old independent woman leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” she secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry.
A Man Called Ove (2015) Comedy-drama. English subtitles. Stepping from the pages of Fredrik Backman’s international best-selling novel, Ove is the quintessential angry old man next door. An isolated retiree with strict principles and a short fuse, who spends his days enforcing block association rules that only he cares about, and visiting his wife’s grave, Ove has given up on life. Enter a boisterous young family next door who accidentally flattens Ove’s mailbox while moving in and earning his special brand of ire. Tune in to see what happens!
Headhunters (2011) Drama, thriller. Norwegian with English subtitles. Based on the novel by the popular Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbø, Headhunters follows Roger Brown, a man at the peak of his profession. His earnings are not enough to support his indulgent lifestyle, however, so he steals valuable works of art as a hobby. After a job goes awry, his untouchable status is threatened and his deceitful private life revealed. Directed by Moten Tydlum, the film draws its strengths from being able to produce old-fashioned thrills and spills without the use of special effects.
This week, go on an adventure with Thor Heyerdahl in one of the two films, an award-winning documentary, or dramatized accounting of the adventurer’s journey across the Pacific Ocean.
This week’s Flick Pick is Becoming Astrid (2018, Swedish with English subtitles). The biopic of Astrid Lindgren, author of numerous children’s books, including the well-known Pippi Longstocking.
his is Orson Welles’ second feature film about the declining fortunes of an affluent family at the turn of the 20th century in Indianapolis. Adapted from the acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan—at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled.
American Experience: New York (1999-2003) is a multi-part television series on the history of New York. Ric Burns, a documentary film historian, captures the complex and dynamic city in a sweeping narrative that covers 400 years and 400 square miles.
Based on the short story Myrna Meets His Family by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In 1915 Chicago, 21-year-old Myra Harper sets her sights on the wealthy and reserved Knowleton Whitney to get him to marry her. All goes well, but later when Myra gets to meet his wacky parents, it turns out to be much harder for Myra than simply landing the man of her dreams.
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché traces the circumstances by which, Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female director and a powerful figure in film, faded from memory.
Mona Lisa is Missing (2012) is the untold story of Vincenzo Peruggia, the Italian immigrant who committed the greatest little-known art theft in history.
The Learning Tree (1969). Written and directed by photographer Gordon Parks, the film portrays Newt Winger’s journey into manhood during the 1920s in Kansas. It is a semi-autobiographical retelling of Parks’ youthful experiences.
The Square (2017) Rated R, in English and Swedish.
Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to your own ideals: Christian’s foolish response to the theft of his phone drags him into shameful situations. Meanwhile, the museum’s PR agency has created an unexpected campaign for “The Square”. The response is overblown and sends Christian, as well as the museum, into an existential crisis.
This documentary tells the story of one of America’s most popular, but least understood, artists – Andrew Wyeth – through unprecedented access to Wyeth’s family members, including sons Jamie and Nicholas Wyeth, and never-before-seen archival materials from the family’s personal collection and hundreds of Wyeth’s studies, drawings and paintings.
Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson (2007). This documentary tells the story of groundbreaking photographer Edward Weston and his partner Charis Wilson. During the Great Depression, the couple set off across the country, transforming the medium of photography and each other.