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  1. Thanks, Ed. I had to go immediately watch Late Spring once you offered it as a possible list-topper. As I expected from Ozu, it is beautiful and richly layered. I have to ask, though, would we really go for it so strongly as a Growing Older film that it could top our list? It's tempting to rank it a 5 just because it is from Ozu, but I came away from it feeling uncertain about the prominence of the Growing Older aspect. The most striking thing about the film is the relationship between father and daughter and the fate of that relationship. This relationship is so emphasized that we don't even meet other key characters who you think we would surely meet in the course of the film. Everything takes a back seat to this relationship. As such, this film would fit even more strongly in a list about Parents and Children. It certainly has elements that strike the Growing Older chord, but I'm tempted to vote lower for it because it would fit better on a <different> list. The Growing Older currents in Colonel Blimp, on the other hand, are quite strong.
  2. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp : I've watched this for the first time over the past few days. I was just starting to consider how I would vote for this when it comes time for our Growing Older top 25. I was starting to consider arguments for and against when I ran across these very distinguished arguments FOR : This glorious film is about the greatest mystery of all: how old people were once young, and how young people are in the process of becoming old. – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian Made in 1942 at the height of the Nazi threat to Great Britain, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's work is an uncommonly civilized film about war and soldiers--and rarer still, a film that defends the old against the young. – Roger Ebert Pretty convincing, eh, old chap?
  3. I just seconded Capra’s You Can’t Take It With You : This film could be accused of caricature and oversimplification in its contrasting visions of how to grow old. On the one hand, you can grow old well with a zest for life and on the other hand you can make a mess of the whole thing with materialism and knocking down houses. Yet if there is room on in the world (and on our list) for “growing older” films as complex as Amour, Poetry, and Mirror, there is also room in the world for “growing older” films as simple and sweet as this candy-jar film. You delight in this vision of aging with joy because the actors and the director are so obviously delighting in it too. Yes, there is certainly room in our world for a film like this…a film about growing older with a harmonica at your side, ready to be played until the crisis passes.
  4. I watched La Jetee and also felt the main argument against putting that one on our list is that it is more a film about death than it is about growing older. Of course, La Jetee is debatable, as it such an expansive film that it could fit in a lot of categories.
  5. On seconding Poetry: Yes, there are moments of moral failure in this film strong enough to make us queasy, but these are really of a piece with the fragility of the lead character’s mind. Having just seen it for the first time, I feel the film should be very strongly considered for our list. It a deeply challenging film about aging, and this from a cultural perspective rarely seen on our screens. Growing older…. …how we express ourselves as we age. …how we relate to art and beauty as we age. …how we relate to memories as we age. …how we relate to depravity as we age. ...how we relate to truth as we age. But, really, my list is so prosaic for a film of such…well, you know. This list is only the beginning of why Poetry should be in our Growing Older top 25. Rent it on Amazon.
  6. Title: Boyhood Director: Richard Linklater Year: 2014 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1065073/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  7. Second Leave No Trace.....would second Eighth Grade as well but I feel like it's 80% growing up and 20% growing older (the Dad narrative). Leave No Trace's growing older strand is more prominent....but what a pair of father -daughterfilms!
  8. Title: Only Angels Have Wings Director: Howard Hawks Year: 1939 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031762/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeIZB5sX6XQ Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): N/A Title: The Quiet Man Director: John Ford Year: 1952 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045061/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJpoh1uYMYU Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): N/A
  9. Here is my argument for including Phantom Thread on the list. I think this would be an exciting and surprising entry on our Growing Older list. The Reynolds Woodcock character is himself middle-aged. There may be various interpretations about the change that takes place in him as the film progresses, but there is no question he is a profoundly different man at film’s end than he is at the beginning. The changes that take place in him are intricately tied to the shifts in the relationships and alliances between Woodcock and those around him. Woodcock has to navigate a whole paradigm shift from an “indestructible” alliance with his sister to a world in which Alma is allowed to play a role in his life. The way the first world shatters to give way to the second one has a cataclysmic force, one that is surely mirrored in the way many in middle age have to change alliances and deep-seated ways of living when they find rifts in the foundation they have stood on for so long. Perhaps most compelling of all is the way Alma brings a certain balm and restoration to the way Woodcock relates to the memory of his late mother. She rights his reeling ship in this regard. (How she does this, of course, is complicated and morally ambiguous :)) As we age, we not only change in the way relate to loved ones, but also in the way we relate to our memories.
  10. Title: Phantom Thread Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Year: 2017 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5776858/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsiQMeSvMk Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Not found.
  11. Title: Babette’s Feast Director: Gabriel Axel Year: 1987 Language: Danish, Swedish,French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092603/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgpvk95yXpA Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/48-babettes-feast/&tab=comments#comment-159
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