GOOD MORNING (1959)
"Ozu's delicate, wry comedy of manners takes a sympathetic but not uncritical look at life and etiquette in a small 1950s Japanese village community."
"A brimming sense of life, in other words, gradually transforms the small talk into a richly devious portrait of humanity being human."
"The result is endlessly playful, although the rules of the game, in Ozon's hands, could hardly be graver, and what can be at stake, in the act of storytelling, has seldom been more elegantly sketched."
"Ozon is an artful provocateur and observer of human nature."
"A celebration of storytelling's power."
A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy's intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.
"Sumptuous, savvy study of art making, love and light. Much of the passion, however, is in the pictures."
"The director Gilles Bourdos's sunshiny Portrait of the Artist as an Old Man."
"The performances are assured, the ambiance impeccable and the themes resonant."
"A lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives."
Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse.
The newest addition to the popular new Martha’s Vineyard Film Society theater in Vineyard Haven, a dazzling white grand piano, will be put to the test on Friday, May 24, when MVCMS Artistic Director, pianist Delores Stevens, and violist Lila Brown will present a 30 minute “salon” program at 6:00 pm.
Stephen Fry's quest begins in southern Germany where he is granted unique access to Bayreuth's legendary annual Wagner festival. In Switzerland he discovers the origins of Wagner's masterpiece The Ring. In Bavaria he marvels at the fairytale castle inspired by Wagner's music, and in St Petersburg learns why Wagner fascinated Russian audiences.
"Mr. Nichols's voice is a distinctive and welcome presence in American film."
"Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime."
"The story of a sympathetic fugitive who forges a bond with two teenage boys near a mighty river down south, Mud is shot through with traditional qualities of American literature and drama."
"McConaughey, of course, is excellent."
Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.
2nd ANNUAL “BRAVE WOMEN, BRAVE MEN” BENEFIT CONCERT AT THE MARTHA’S VINEYARD FILM CENTER TO SUPPORT DUKES COUNTY VETERAN’S SERVICES AND INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND
Rock Musician Jonathan Auerbach Produces and Performs a Musical Tribute Marking Memorial Day on Martha’s Vineyard to Salute America’s Troops
In honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation, local Massachusetts Veterans, from WWII to Afghanistan, will attend a benefit concert – a rockin’ performance of all-original music by island musicians, guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonathan Auerbach and vocalist Carole Charlin, backed by Alejandro Carreño on percussion.
The benefit kicks off at “16:00 hours” sharp with Edson Rodgers, Ret. Chief Petty Officer, of Martha’s Vineyard, playing military music calls on his trumpet.
The event is free, open to all ages, with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. All proceeds will go to the Dukes County Veteran’s Services, in the care of Dukes County Veteran’s Agent Jo Ann Murphy, to help our Island veterans.
The MV Film Society is donating its venue and resources to this event. Preceding the concert will be a powerful short film – “Fish Out of Water,” about Iraq and Afghanistan war vets with PTSD who find solace and camaraderie fishing in the waters of Ketchum, Idaho.
“With bravery and valor, American military personnel – fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters – have given us so much as Americans,” said Jonathan Auerbach. “Helping our veterans and their families is my mission, of gratitude and of giving back.”
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Thanks to all of our dedicated volunteers and sponsors, the 2012 International Film Festival smashed our previous records, over 4000 admissions sold for films and events over four days, and a 45% increase in box office (and that's without any changes in pricing for the last four years).
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