Development of Empathy in Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring

One of the major themes in our 2008 discussion film Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring was empathy. The four seasons in the title of this lyrical film represent four stages in the lifespan of an individual: childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and old age. The scenes of childhood depict low empathy. Near the beginning of … Continue reading Development of Empathy in Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring

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Red Tail

Red Tail Amelia was not a classic beauty— reed-thin Kansas lass, short, gap-toothed, with an overbite, flaxen blond hair shorn short in the style of the aviatrix, wearing long pants fitted tightly across her shapely bottom, and a man’s aviator-style leather jacket— slept in for weeks to give it authenticity; she was however a real … Continue reading Red Tail

More than The Secret Life of Bees

The Spirit of the Beehive (dir. Victor Erice, 1973) “Keep a close watch on your creature.” “Considered by some critics the single greatest achievement of Spanish cinema, haunting cinematography, flawless performances, and a foreboding pace make this a truly special film.”[1] Opening scene:  A wide freight truck careens along a road on the flat Spanish … Continue reading More than The Secret Life of Bees

Producer’s Film Picks for November 2009

Producer’s Committee Film Picks for November 2009 DVD THE MISFITS (1961) Directed by John Huston @ 120 minutes. The film stars: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach, Thelma Ritter, Kevin McCarthy, James Barton, and Estelle Winwood. Synopsis: An overlooked cinematic gem, this film needs to be seen by all serious cinephiles. It is a powerful, probing, exciting drama full of honesty, integrity, … Continue reading Producer’s Film Picks for November 2009