Tuesday’s Flick Picks
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.
Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint
While the VBMA is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, you can stream this film at home and support the VBMA. A portion of each streaming purchase goes back to the VBMA to assist its ongoing programming.
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.