Rocky’s Review
Happy Trails, Renée

After ten years of presenting live simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, it's hard to imagine an opera season without a single performance from superstar soprano Renée Fleming. But she has made the decision to leave the opera world, and you can catch her final performance in DER ROSENKAVALIER this Saturday, May 13, beginning at 9:30.

     Our DANCE ON CAMERA festival got off to a great start last Saturday, with everyone especially wowed by RARE BIRDS, the documentary about the creation of A SWAN LAKE at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. A confirmed addition to the festival is a showing of A SWAN LAKE, Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30. If you purchased a pass to the festival, your pass will include A SWAN LAKE, but you must present the pass at the box office to receive a complimentary ticket. Individual tickets are $12. 

     This weekend also brings to our screen three of my favorite short films in the festival - REINES D'UN JOUR, ESQUALO and VANISHING POINTS. Sunday's screenings conclude with the perfect Mother's Day treat - ALIVE & KICKING. The enthusiasm of these swing dancers is guaranteed to bring a smile to mom's face.

     Our new movies opening Friday include A QUIET PASSION, the well-reviewed biography of Emily Dickenson, starring Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine. Richard Brody of The New Yorker called it "an absolute, drop-dead masterwork." 

     If you're an avid reader of The New York Times obituaries, then you likely assumed, as I did, that some day a documentary would be made about that fabled department. Well, at long-last, that movie has arrived, and it's getting glowing notices. OBIT is "terrific, a must-see," said the Toronto Sun. These obituary writers approach their daily work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair. Going beyond the bylines and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly-inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves of life, memory, and the inevitable passage of time.

     Also opening this Friday in the Starlight Room is CHASING TRANE, a documentary about the unmistakable genius of John Coltrane. His story has been told often, and his music inserted in nearly 70 films, yet he has never been the subject of a biographical documentary until now. Director John Scheinfeld weaves together Coltrane's words (read by Denzel Washington) and those of his children, friends, colleagues, fans and critics.  The music, superbly edited, blends one period into another and another.

     GOING IN STYLE and THEIR FINEST are holding over for another week, while THE LOST CITY OF Z and MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEAdepart this Thursday. 

See you at the Rose, and the Starlight Room