As I perused this years film catalogue for FilmColumbia, I saw some films that could be classified as pure entertainment but others that really will spark controversy and understanding of what is happening in our social/political world.
The 10-day festival will feature more than 60 world-class independent and international features and documentaries, plus post-screening question-and-answer sessions with artists, and special tributes and events.
“Lady Bird” is the debut feature film by actress Greta Gerwig, known especially as the lead in Noah Baumbach’s recent films. It’s a girl’s coming-of-age movie, a genre as rare as hens’ teeth. Baumbach’s latest film, ‘The Meyerowitz Stories,’ was also featured in the festival.
Roberta Hareld’s talk at Ventfort Hall is presented in conjunction with an exhibit that portrays the lives of Civil War hero Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his bride, Annie Haggerty, whose family owned Ventfort, the home at which the two spent their brief honeymoon.
The film reminds one of Woody Allen at his best — profoundly urban and urbane with Greta Gerwig playing an even more quick-witted variation of Diane Keaton. I’m not saying Baumbach’s film is as good as ‘Manhattan’ or ‘Annie Hall,’ but it comes close.
It is entirely possible that Harold Baumbach’s work will finally receive the attention it deserves not merely because of his son Jonathan’s efforts but because his grandson, Noah, has won precisely the sort of fame that he himself disdained.
In “While We’re Young” Baumbach has made a more mainstream comedy. It’s one that displays his keen insight into the comic/pathetic nature of human behavior, and a social intelligence that captures the absurdities and pain of the generational divide.