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Movie Natters: December 12, 2007 Archive

Forman coming to the Walker

Posted at 9:41 AM on December 12, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Final details are still being worked out, but the Walker Art Center has booked Milos Forman for a Regis Dialog on April 12th.

Forman who began making films in his native Czechoslovakia in the 1960's, directed such classics as "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Hair," and "Amadeus." After a quiet period of some years, he recently returned to the screen with "Goya's Ghosts."

The Walker will present a three week retrospective of Forman's films in April in support of the Regis Dialog. Those details will be finalized in the next few weeks.

It's going to be hard to avoid screening this one though....

The Listening Project: As others see us

Posted at 5:43 PM on December 12, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Being a good Scot I am a fan of the much quoted Robert Burns line "Oh wad some po'or the giftie gie us, Tae see oorselves as ithers see us." (Trans: "Oh would some power give us the gift to see ourselves as others do.")

So apparently are Dominic Howes and Joel Weber who co-directed "The Listening Project," a documentary which gets its Midwest premiere at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis tomorrow night. They enlisted four Americans to travel the world to visit 14 countries to ask the people they meet "What do you think of America?"

The answers they get run the gamut, from respect to outrage, and from envy to dismissal. while there is a superficial resemblance to the nonsensical vox pops which are a staple of TV news, and are all to often used as a substitute for actual reporting, "The Listening Project" uses a wealth of voices to develop a bigger picture.

It's both interesting and a little chastening. It is also above all hopeful.

All four of the "listeners" will appear at the Oak Street screening along with film makers Howes and Weber. No doubt there will be a lot of questioning there too.

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