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Ed Bertram

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    The Godfather trilogy; The Passion of Joan of Arc
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  1. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated Kitchen Stories, a charming story about a Swedish man with a very strange job for which he is supposed to unassumingly and impartially survey the kitchen habits of a 60-something Norwegian bachelor. He does so from a chair built high in the kitchen where he can see everything his subject does without being tempted to have conversations with him. Both men have aged but not really grown in any meaningful way until they meet and break the rules of the survey. Through the friendship they change each other in ways that heals the years of loneliness and hurt both have endured. The illegal friendship makes them better able to live out the rest of their lives in healthy, productive ways. As an aside, although not relevant to the list, I must add that it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and I hope those who haven't seen it will seek it out.
  2. Title: Kitchen Stories Director: Bent Hamer Year: 2003 Language: Norwegian/Swedish IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0323872/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): I couldn't find one.
  3. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I'm not sure I'm quite on the same page with everyone yet, so for now I will continue to contend for Citizen Kane, but I welcome any feedback that gets me more in line with the community's purpose for the list if my argument seems outside of that. My reason for nominating Citizen Kane is in large part because of this statement Ken made. I'm thinking of growing older that may or may not involve growing up so long as there’s ample opportunity for the latter. Certainly, Kane doesn't mature, but with every stage of his life, we see prospects for growth that he eschews. His relationship with Joseph Cotten's character constantly presents the chance for him to carry out his moral responsibility to fulfill the contract he made when opening the newspaper—one of honesty, integrity and to continuously learn and grow. That relationship shows him a way toward wisdom through taking his own advice and living by his own standards that he once set for himself (or at least for the newspaper). Each marriage provides different ways that he can move beyond selfishness; these relationships show him how growing wiser involves sacrificial love. And his bid for office combines both of those lessons that growing older ideally teaches, but of course this opportunity is also met with his stubborn insistence against heeding these lessons. Having said that, I understand that Kane's progression of age is nowhere near enough for consideration for this list. What matters for the list as I currently understand it is that we watch Kane experience so many opportunities for change. This means that we do watch a movie about growth; it's about growth rejected. It's about the interplay between the things of life we have no control over (Rosebud) with the decisions we make throughout life and the impact of both on the aging process and on whether or not a person will heed life's lessons.
  4. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated Incendies. As the twins immerse themselves in the world that their late mother's letters introduce them to, they learn how she grew older. They see the ways she allowed time to change her. Living in an environment of constant, intense religiously-motivated violence, the twins learn those lessons that only aging and experience could teach their mother. So, as they go through their journeys of finding out more clearly who they are, they're presented with ample opportunities to grow older and wiser themselves.
  5. Title: Incendies Director: Denis Villeneuve Year: 2010 Language: French & Arabic IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255953/?ref_=ttexrv_exrv_tt YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  6. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated Citizen Kane. With every new stage in Charles Foster Kane’s life comes new opportunities to grow wiser with age. His lament that “If I hadn’t been rich, I might have been a really great man” could be an excuse for not heeding the lessons life teaches. Or it could actually be a type of growth, a moment where he realizes that his priority of being admired over genuine relationships has made his life a tragedy. Whichever is the case, the regret and missed opportunities of Kane’s life provide a powerful reminder of how the years do change people and that it’s often up to us to let the years change us for the better contrary to Kane’s unwillingness.
  7. Title: Citizen Kane Director: Orson Welles Year: 1941 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
  8. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated A Raisin in the Sun (the 1961 version with Sidney Poitier). The film shows three generations of one family growing older together in one crowded apartment. They grieve the loss of the family's patriarch together. They hope for a brighter future together. And they struggle with the consequences of each other's individual manifestations of growing older. We see each character change and/or grow in terms of self-awareness, religious identity and moral convictions. All of these changes are the results of the characters' lots in life that force them to grow older together. Note: If you watch the Youtube video I attached to the nomination, I would advise you to skip ahead to 1:22 to avoid the producer's cheesy, long-winded introduction that says nothing about the movie.
  9. Title: A Raisin in the Sun Director: Daniel Petrie Year: 1961 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055353/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): I couldn't find one.
  10. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated Children of Paradise. Marcel Carné was originally forced to circulate Children of Paradise as two movies, so there's still a bit of disconnect between the two parts when we watch it as one movie the way it was intended. That disconnect serves to highlight the offscreen passage of seven years. The Bohemian lifestyle of the first half is summarized by a seductress's catch phrase of sorts, "Love is so easy." But as the second section begins, we find that she has been away from the acting troupe for the full seven years and has just returned when the story resumes. The second half beautifully shows how the passage of time naturally transforms lives whether a person is willing to change or not. The second half shows the folly in the belief that "love is so easy" and the devastating consequences for the characters who allow that belief and their old passions to be revived.
  11. Title: Children of Paradise Director: Marcel Carné Year: 1945 Language: French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037674/?ref_=nm_knf_t3 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): I couldn't find one.
  12. I second Remains of the Day.
  13. Ed Bertram

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    It's the earliest I know of. I hope that if anyone here knows of anything earlier, that they nominate it.
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