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Inspired by a Tolstoy novella, Kurosawa produces a masterpiece dealing with a topic which every human grapples with at one time or another, but which we all choose to ignore. Set in the times of the aftermath of the second world war, the movie chronicles the journey of a Japanese civic clerk coming to terms […]

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… and suicide. On watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” last night, I was struck by many things. But maybe most of all by the accuracy of its portrayal of the suicide. As Paul McHugh says in The Mind Has Mountains … “Most suicidally depressed patients are not rational individuals who have weighed the balance sheet […]

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The 2012 French film Amour is a powerful, realistic portrayal of one spouse’s care and love for the other in the twilight of their lives … in disability and decline … nearing death. Georges is an attentive and loving caregiver to his wife Anne, declining in her ability to care for herself as she suffers […]

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Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard will be shown Friday April 20th at 7:00 pm in the 4th floor auditorium at Benedictine College. Pizza at 6:30pm … discussion to follow the movie. Yasumoto is a recent medical graduate assigned to a rural clinic for his post-graduate training. In his arrogance, he is livid that he should have […]

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… Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Red Beard’ is the story of a recent medical graduate assigned to a rural clinic for his post-graduate training. In his arrogance, he is livid that he should have to train in a poor clinic – aspiring instead to ascend the ranks of caring for the rich and powerful Shoguns. Through a […]

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… Gerard Manley Hopkins … The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo (Maiden’s song from St. Winefred’s Well) The Leaden Echo How to kéep—is there ány any, is there none such, nowhere known some, bow or brooch or braid or brace, láce, latch or catch or key to keep Back beauty, keep it, beauty, beauty, […]

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‘Of Gods and Men’ opens this weekend … … The New York Times review … America Magazine review … trailer … show times around the country … related post here  

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… a film that has won many awards … tells the experiences (through the recovered diary) of an elderly lady living alone in Brooklyn. “Jessie Singer Sylvester moved anonymously through old age in Brooklyn in the 1970s, absorbing one loss after the next — her job of 59 years, her beloved sister, her friends, her […]

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The Labyrinth is a documentary that tells the story of Martin Kolodziej, one of the first prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp. He spoke little about that experience until he suffered a severe stroke … during his rehab he started drawing … the trailer … a summary … the film’s web-site … over 100 images […]

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… a decision to die … Of Gods and Men won Gran Prix at Cannes this year. “A monastery high in the mountains of the Maghreb, some time in the 90s… Eight French Christian monks live in harmony with their Muslim brothers. But violence and terror are slowly taking hold of the region. Despite the […]

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