Thursday, May 24, 2007
A spring evening at the movies
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to go out to the movies more. I couldn't bring myself to leave the warm house during the winter, but last evening was a perfect night for a movie.
The little town we live in has a three-season theatre, and Tom runs the projector on Wednesdays for the early show. The first film of the season was The Lives Of Others.
I love spy stories and this was a great one. The movie begins in 1984 East Germany, before the wall came down, and ends in 1991. The drabness of the streets, the buildings, the interior decoration, the clothes are just amazing. They are like characters in the movie. There is little beauty anywhere. But we see that after the wall comes down, there is truly ugly graffiti on the formerly pristine buildings. Does this have to be a price of freedom?
I don't like to know too much about a movie before I see it, and I don't want to spoil the wonder of seeing it fresh for any of you, but I recommend it very highly. The acting is terrific, the story is very interesting, and we learn a lot. I can't ask for more from a film.