Rocky’s Review

National Poetry Month is not until April, but consider our movie line-up and special event this Friday as an appetizer. We have two movies about poets and one poetry reading, by a poet. [NERUDA is] "thoughtful and provocative. A very beautifully made film." -Los Angeles Times. Beloved poet Pablo Neruda is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a tenacious police inspector (Gael Garcia Bernal) hot on his trail. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend.

Greetings Rose Fans,

    Before Friday's showing of NERUDA, Rikki Ducornet will read a selection of poems by Pablo Neruda. Ms. Ducornet is the author of nine novels, three collections of short fiction, two books of essays and five books of poetry. She has received both a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Lannan Literary Award For Fiction.

     It feels as though I have grown up watching movies by Jim Jarmusch (MYSTERY TRAIN, GHOST DOG, BROKEN FLOWERS).  That we are the very same age likely accounts for part of this. For over 30 years, Jarmusch has been considered one of New York's premier indie auteurs, after his debut feature STRANGER THAN PARADISE received the Camera d'Or at  the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. In PATERSON, Adam Driver is Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, N.J, who composes poetry in his head while guiding his coach through the mill town's congested streets. Divided into days of the week, the film undulates to Paterson's  circadian rhythms as he rises at dawn and begins his routine anew. A body stretches. A bus is driven. A dog is walked. A pen scratches the surface of a page. Repeat. PATERSON is a quiet, magical tale.

     The Politics of Foreign Language Film. In 2012, amid fears of anti-Muslim sentiment and growing tensions between Iran and the U.S, acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi accepted the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A SEPARATION, and issued a call for peace. The director is nominated again this year for THE SALESMAN, but he has chosen not to attend this year's Academy Awards ceremony because of President Trump's controversial executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim nations, including Iran, from entering the U.S. 

     "Attention, as someone once said, must be paid. A marvel...with exquisite patience and detail, Asghar Farhadi builds a solid and suspenseful plot out of ordinary incidents, and packs it with rich and resonant ideas." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times  

     LA LA LAND holds over in the Starlight Room for another week, and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO holds over in the Rose. 

     The Metropolitan Opera presents RUSALKA this Saturday morning in the Rose, beginning at 9:55 a.m.