The theme for this month – Women under the Influence
Gloria Bell (2018)
Directed by Sebastian Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience)
Written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria (2013))
Starring: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Rita Wilson.
“The genius of Lelio’s approach is that he lets the cracks in Gloria’s perfectly mature, controlled life seep through in the periphery. Her upstairs neighbor is a shouting, manic-depressive brute, constantly heard through the walls as Gloria tries to ignore him. During an eye exam, she learns that her eyesight is slowly diminishing, and she’ll need to take medication for the rest of her life to fight it off. The mundanity of these events play into Lelio’s treatment of the small defeats of age; as you get older, parts of you will slowly decay, and you’ll just have to make the best of it. The joy of Gloria Bell, however, is that she won’t let those things get her down.” Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound
Now, Voyager (1942)
Directed by Irving Rapper (The Voice of the Turtle, Born Again)
Written by Casey Robinson (Captain Blood, Dark Victory) and Oliver Higgins Prouty (Stella Dallas)
Starring: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville, John Loder and Ilka Chase.
“The rather soft guy is also alone on the voyage. His friends, the McIntyres (James Rennie & Lee Patrick), tell Charlotte that the devoted father will never leave his two daughters.
“During the cruise they get off the boat in Rio de Janeiro, and though alone remain chaste for a few days before rejoining the boat in Buenos Aires. Despite no sex they fall in love, but promise not to see each other after the voyage.
“The voyage affair has made Charlotte more confident and chic, which enables her to have a better relationship with her domineering mom.” Dennis Schwarz
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
Directed by Federico Fellini (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita)
Written by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita) and Pier Paolo Pasolini (La Dolce Vita, The Gospel According to Matthew)
Starring: Giulietta Masina, François Périer, Franca Marzi, Amedeo Nazzari, Dorian Gray, Aldo Silvani and Ennio Girolami.
“Masina shines as an Italian prostitute who’s as vulnerable as she is goodhearted. One of Fellini’s finest, first released in 1957.” David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
Gloria Bell is at The Grand Cinema.
Now, Voyager will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 5 in the Center for Spiritual Living (206 N. J St).
Nights of Cabiria will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the CSL.
The TFC Discussion Night for these three films is Wednesday, April 17 in the CSL.