Earlier this month I was working on a film in France, and once that responsibility was met, two important personal journeys were at the top of my Paris to-do list. I wanted to pay my respects at the gravesite of Georges Méliès (1861-1938), the great French illusionist and director whose film A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) is considered among the most important early science fiction/fantasy films. Martin Scorsese paid a beautiful tribute to him in his film HUGO.
The second journey was really more of a cinematic homage, a desire to say hello and to pay my respects to another great French innovator - 89-year-old director Agnès Varda. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues and social commentary. And her work was central to the development of the French New Wave film movement in the 1950s. Her films include THE BEACHES OF AGNÈS, THE GLEANERS AND I, VAGABOND and CLEO FROM 5 TO 7.
I knew where Ms. Varda lived, and in an uncharacteristically bold and unannounced gesture, I knocked on her door. When you see her delightful new film, FACES PLACES, opening this Friday in the Rosebud, you will understand that not finding her at home was the perfect denouement to this personal journey. Thank you, Ms. Varda, for your gift of cinema to the world, for enriching my life and the life of the Rose Theatre.
"A film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose." -The Washington Post. "Sheer perfection. Unlike any movie you've ever seen." -Rolling Stone. "Unforgettable. Despite its unassuming, conventional ethos, 'Faces Places' reveals itself as a powerful, complex and radical work. Agnès Varda's modesty is evidence of her mastery." -The New York Times. "Irresistible." -Village Voice
Fifty-five years from now, Greta Gerwig - like Ms. Varda - will be another great 89-year-old director. I will be 119-years-old. Given the likely state of my faculties at that time, I would like to say right now, Thank you, Ms. Gerwig for creating Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson. As played by Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird" is smart, passionate and strong. LADY BIRD - a great crowd-pleaser this past weekend - will be holding over in the Rose for another week. And beginning this Friday it shares the Starlight screen with THE FLORIDA PROJECT. JUSTICE LEAGUE, in 2D and 3D, departs this Thursday, 11/30.
Our December Classics Night screening in the Starlight of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE sold out more than a month in advance, so we've added a second showing in the Rose; Saturday, December 23rd, 12:00. Tickets are now on sale.
Starting next Friday, December 8th, BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY.