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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Just one line: Edward Herrmann, 1943-2014

In one early scene, Emma Goldman (Maureen Stapleton) holds court at a little tavern, arguing with Reed and Eastman about Woodrow Wilson, America's neutrality, all as Louise Bryant sits quietly, listening. At one point, Louise manages to get in a comment, contradicting Emma, and Emma shoots her down contemptuously, letting her know in no uncertain terms that she doesn't think Louise has anything to contribute. Watch Edward Herrmann across the table. He keeps his eyes on Diane Keaton during the entire exchange, and as Emma continues bulldozing over Louise, he smiles gently. A supportive smile, an "I heard what you said" smile, with a gentle, humorous hint of, "Yup, Emma's going on and on again, but I heard you." The smile provides texture, depth, without a word said. It is through such details that not only a character emerges, but a world. 

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