REEL 13 BLOG

Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination

November 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy

From the bustle of neon-lit Shinjuku and its ultramodern skyscrapers to the traditional scenery of Mt. Fuji, cherry blossoms, and Shinto shrines, Tokyo has served as a source of creative inspiration for generations of international filmmakers. Anticipating the 2020 Summer Games, when the eyes of the world will once again ...

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Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders at Scandinavia House

November 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy

On Thursday, December 5, starting at 7 PM, director Hans Petter Moland and actor Liam Neeson will present a screening of Out Stealing Horses, this year's contender from Norway for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. Liam Neeson, who starred in Moland's Hollywood debut feature Cold Pursuit (U.S., ...

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Viewer Guide: Gandhi and We Don’t Belong Here

November 22, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GANDHI This week’s classic is Gandhi, the extraordinary epic film from 1982 directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.  The film chronicles the unprecedented life and impact of Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary leader of India’s long struggle for independence from British rule.  Gandhi’s pioneering principles of nonviolent civil disobedience ...

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Viewer Guide: Gorillas in the Mist and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

November 15, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GORILLAS IN THE MIST This week’s classic is Gorillas in the Mist, the 1988 biographical drama directed by Michael Apted. In a heroic, Oscar-nominated performance, Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, the primatologist and conservationist who became internationally famous for her study of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.  ...

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Viewer Guide: Algiers and The Carer

November 8, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ALGIERS This week’s classic is Algiers, a 1938 romantic drama directed by John Cromwell. Charles Boyer stars as Pepe le Moko, an infamous Parisian thief who has been hiding out for two years in the labyrinthine Casbah neighborhood of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria during that country’s ...

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Viewer Guide: Chinatown and The Driftless Area

October 25, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | CHINATOWN This week’s classic is Chinatown, the 1974 neo-noir detective mystery written by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. Although the film noir genre actually encompassed a wide range of subject matter, for most audiences it was best epitomized by iconic detective movies like The Maltese Falcon, ...

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Viewer Guide: The Caine Mutiny and Resistance

October 18, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | THE CAINE MUTINY This week’s classic is The Caine Mutiny, from 1954, starring Van Johnson, Fred McMurray, José Ferrer, and Humphrey Bogart. The film was based on Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, which itself was loosely based on an actual World War II incident that had already ...

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Viewer Guide: Holiday and Ladies in Black

October 11, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | HOLIDAY This week’s classic is the delightful 1938 romantic comedy Holiday, starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, and directed by George Cukor. Holiday is one of playwright Philip Barry’s two most successful and best remembered plays, the other being The Philadelphia Story, which also provided Katharine Hepburn with ...

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Viewer Guide: Stand By Me and Bless Me, Ultima

September 27, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | STAND BY ME This week’s classic is Stand By Me, the 1986 coming of age comedy-drama directed by Rob Reiner. Adapted from Stephen King’s autobiographically inspired novella “The Body,” Stand By Me begins its tale of a childhood summer adventure from the nostalgic vantage point of an adult perspective. ...

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