Kids These Days

At least here at Merrimack, they’ve got it good, even though they probably don’t know what’s right under their noses.

They get free films, for instance. I’ve been going to see them, which is kind of funny considering I don’t like most movies most of the time & don’t go see them – not American movies, anyway, or anything contemporary. They’re rarely worth the $10.

But Tuesday night I saw Deepa Mehta’s Earth, which is about the Partition of India in 1947, into India & Pakistan, and which came with Independence. It’s a stunning movie, & I’ve been thinking about the plot and themes and scenes and characters since I saw it. It’s a terrifying film, but deeply moving as well.

Last night I saw one of the earliest Theda Bara films, A Fool There Was, in which she plays her legendary vampire character, and afterwards they’re screening a documentary about her. A Fool There Was made so much money that it helped launch Fox Studios. It’s such a lovely rare treat to get to see a silent film on the big screen.

& In a couple of weeks, they’re screening a film about Dorothy Day, though it’s not the one that I missed when it played at the Brecht Forum in NYC.

2 Replies to “Kids These Days”

  1. We saw earth a couple of years ago. Our son’s girlfriend, who is from Calcutta, ordered it when she they were staying with us a couple of years ago. It made a deep impression on me just how well people can get along one day and how, all of a sudden, they can end up at each other’s throats. Jeffrey Eugenides book “Middlesex” is controversial among intersex people, especially those with 5ARD. His depiction of the burning of Smyrna, along witha lot of the rest of the book, is memorable, however. What happened between the Greeks, Armenians and the Turks seemed eerily similar to what happened with the Hindus, Muslims and the Sikhs. In the immortal words of Rodney King, “Why can’t we all just get along”.

  2. All of Deepa Mehta’s “element” films are very good (“Fire,” “Earth” and the most recent installment “Water”) and clearly touch a sore nerve in India. The premiere of “Fire” (a film where female characters think and act for themselves and fall in love with one another) sparked riots. The original Indian sets of “Water,” which concerns the oppression of widows at the time of Gandhi, were demolished by a mob. The film had to be reshot in Sri Lanka. “Entertaining Angels,” the film you mention about Dorothy Day, is pretty good, albeit containing a number of historical inaccuracies and perhaps a little heavy on the hagiography. I actually wasn’t aware of the documentary about her. Thanks for mentioning it!

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