Rocky’s Review
Love & Leonard

A top-of-the-newsletter-reminder that tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 3:30 - and will sell out fast - for our Rose Member dessert event in the Starlight with OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES. Details below this column.

     If you're a Leonard Cohen fan, then HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG is a must. The movie is a definitive exploration of Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, "Hallelujah." Approved for production by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; The song's dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; And moving testimonies from recording artists for whom "Hallelujah" has become a personal touchstone. The directors, Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine appeared at PTFF in 2006 with their beautiful film BALLET RUSSES. The movie opens this Friday in the Starlight. "A rousing portrait of the power of expression, something that Leonard Cohen perfected, more than most songwriters ever lived." -RogerEbert.com

     FIRE OF LOVE is unlike any love story you've ever seen before. Katia and Maurice Krafft were in love not only with each other, but with their work chasing erupting volcanoes around the globe. Director Sara Dosa came upon the Krafft's extraordinary 16mm archive while looking for volcano footage for another film. Eventually she was handed 200 hours of digitized footage without sync sound that had not been seen for 30 years. To deliver their poetic, lyrical, and whimsical narration, the filmmakers chose director Miranda July who reads passages from Katia's books to provide more of her voice. The result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind achievement. "Our film can tell a story about the power of the natural world as well as the connections that you can build on love and awe rather than dominance." -Sara Dosa. FIRE OF LOVE opens in the Rose this Friday.

     "Three good reasons you should see THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE...are the presence and performances of Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittoria DeSica. This celestial triangle has never been surpassed in grace, charm and, yes, wit and humor." 
-Observer. MADAME DE...is our classics feature in the Starlight this Sunday at 7:30.

     A perfect companion film to LEONARD COHEN is HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING. It's available for streaming in the Rose Film Library.

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky