The cinematic weekend will kick-off on Saturday, Jan. 17, with Agnes Varda’s award-winning documentary The Gleaners and I, followed by Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows on Sunday, which Roger Ebert called, “One of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent.” Both films are free to the public, and in French with English subtitles.
Movshovitz has been the film critic at Colorado Public Radio for 32 years, and for 21 years has been a contributor to NPR’s “Morning Edition.” He was also film critic at The Denver Post for nine years. He created the film studies program at the University of Colorado at Denver, is now creating an MFA program in film and currently is the director of education for the Starz FilmCenter at the University of Colorado at Denver.
On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 17, Movshovitz will host a special screening of Varda’s internationally acclaimed The Gleaners and I, plus other surprise shorts, in the Wilkinson Public Library program room, beginning at 6 p.m. In his radiant review of the film, Ebert conveyed Varda’s profound words, “‘My hair and my hands keep telling me that the end is near,’ she confides at one point, speaking confidentially to us as the narrator. She told her friend Howie Movshovitz, the critic from Boulder, Colo., how she had to film and narrate some scenes while she was entirely alone because they were so personal.”
Movshovitz will discuss how Varda, the “mother of French New Wave” and a true gleaner (recycler) herself, has influenced American independent filmmaking. The topic will jump-start the library’s first winter “film club” series and is sponsored by the library and the Telluride Film Festival and will include appetizers, chocolate and lively discussion.
Sunday at the Palm will pick up where Saturday evening leaves off with one of the most accessible and beloved films of the French New Wave. When Movshovitz was asked to host a film for the Palm series, he chose Truffaut’s first feature film, The 400 Blows, without hesitation. He has been showing the film around the Front Range to fantastically receptive audiences.
Truffaut’s deeply personal and autobiographical film follows Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud), a young runaway who must learn to stay alive on the streets of Paris. He turns to petty theft to survive, but his guilt drives him to try to return the items he has stolen – with dreadful results.
Screening begins at 4 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre and will include a special Q&A with Movshovitz plus other film shorts (recommended for junior high and above).
Sunday at the Palm is presented by The Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation and Telluride R1 School District.
The Telluride Film Festival continues its programming on Thursday, Jan. 22, with a presentation of the critically acclaimed epic adventure Australia (2008), with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The show screens at 8:30 p.m. at the Nugget Theatre, one time only. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 165 minutes; no Nugget Passes, please.