Tonight is the last official night of the Belcourt's "50 Years of Janus Films" series, with Jason Shawhan introducing the wonderful French epic Children of Paradise
at 7 p.m. I'll be sorry to see it go. I got to watch spectacular prints of some movies I'd always wanted to see (Mizoguchi's Sansho the Bailiff
, Varda's Cleo from 5 to 7
) and to reacquaint myself with old favorites (Renoir's The Rules of the Game
, Ophuls's The Earrings of Madame de...
Among the many people I noticed returning throughout the series, two faces stuck out: Jasmine Rich, 12, and her 8-year-old sister Grace Gilmore. Accompanied by their mother, Beth Gilmore, an artist and Watkins student who runs the Twist Art Gallery, the girls turned up at everything from Luis Bunuel's Viridiana
to Kon Ichikawa's grim war drama Fires on the Plain
. "It was something we could all do together," Beth Gilmore said. By last week, the girls had seen at least 10 of the films in the series, and more at a supplementary series screened by local film collector Tom Wills.
watching two foreign films a week when you were in third or even seventh grade? I wasn't. (Channel 8 only showed one a week in the 1970s.) So I was curious: what did the girls see in the movies?