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By Jordan Raup on November 17, 2017
In the nearly 35 years since it first hit screens, this adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s semiautobiographical short stories has earned its status as the quintessential family holiday movie, a wryly nostalgic ode to the outsized wonder and high drama that surround the childhood rites and rituals of a small-town Christmas.
Evelyn Preer stars as an educated black woman dedicated to saving a school for impoverished youth in this remarkable work—one of Oscar Micheaux’s earliest surviving films—that displays the director’s sophisticated use of fractured narratives: numerous subplots, unexpected twists, and flashbacks that become films within the film. The screening will be accompanied by a live piano performance by Donald Sosin.
Based on the same novel that would later yield Max Ophüls’s Letter from an Unknown Woman, this startlingly pre-Code study of masochistic desire from John M. Stahl—the Ozu of classical Hollywood melodrama—achieves overwhelming heartbreak through elegant restraint.
In Charlie Chaplin’s last American film—for which he synthesized a lifetime’s worth of memories, experiences, and wisdom into a miraculously moving, bittersweet summation of his art and worldview—Chaplin plays a washed-up clown whose final gift to the world is to give a suicidal ballerina (Claire Bloom) a new lease on life.