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Victoria & Abdul

There are multiple pleasures to be had by witnessing a powerful, still-vital woman finding unexpected late-life joy of the platonic variety.

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Ballad of Narayama

"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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For the Love of Film Blogathon: Feb. 14-21

The For the Love of Film Blogathon (co-hosted by Ferdy on Films and Self-Styled Siren to benefit the National Film Preservation Foundation) has already inspired Greg Ferrara at Cinema Styles to come up with these two groovy announcements. I hope I can think up something worthy of contribution -- but meanwhile I'm certainly going to be soaking up all the terrific stuff that's come flooding in...

P.S. Anybody remember when the Scherzo from Beethoven's Ninth (used in the montage above) served as the theme for NBC's nightly newscast, the "Huntley-Brinkley Report" with Chet Huntley and David Brinkley? Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Orchestra, of course. "Good night, Chet. Good night, David. And good night for NBC News."

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