Hey everyone I hope you are staying safe and healthy while keeping cool during the dog days of summer.
In this week’s installment of the Basalt Library Kanopy Movie Club we will discuss Wild Nights With Emily starring comedian Molly Shannon as misunderstood 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. This historical comedy looks at the life and unpublished works of Emily Dickinson and shines a light on her inspirations and motivations. Even a century after her death, Dickinson remains a mysterious, prolific, and fascinating writer whose work has, until recently, overshadowed the details of her own life.
While the common conception of Dickinson is that of a dour old poet locked in an attic, this could not be further from the truth. The power and passion of Dickinson’s poems comes from her deep inner struggles and the vibrant life that she lived. Because of the time in which she lived her life, Emily’s love and art were unappreciated and misunderstood. While her poems have become a part of the canon of American literature, she remained largely unpublished and obscure for most of her life.
Hey everyone, I hope you are staying safe and healthy in these trying times.
In this week’s installment of the Basalt Library Kanopy Movie Club we are going to discuss Capital in the Twenty-First Century, an examination of our modern social and economic order.
Justin Pemberton’s film adaption of Thomas Piketty’s book of the same name takes one of the most important economic tomes of our age and explains the modern economy in less than two hours. French economist Piketty’s 2013 book is 500 pages jammed full of facts, figures, and historical minutiae; an entire graduate seminar on the state of the world. This daunting work of the dismal science of economics is easily digested in Pemberton’s examination—there aren’t 200 pages of footnotes to wade through here.
Included in the film are a wide range of economic theorists including Francis Fukuyama and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. While Piketty’s own conclusions about the state of our social and economic systems differ greatly from those of Fukuyama, it is where these economists agree that is most illuminating. Below is a preview of Capital in the 21st Century. You can watch the entire documentary on Kanopy using your Basalt Regional Library card. Visit our website for information about how to join this event on Zoom on Friday, August 21, at 2PM.
Next week’s Film will be Wild Nights with Emily starring SNL alumni Molly Shannon as poet Emily Dickinson. Please join me virtually every Friday from 2-3PM for Kanopy Movie Club. Hope to see you there!
Join Matt for weekly film discussions beginning Friday, August 14th!
Watch and discuss films from around the world each week through our new virtual program: The Kanopy Movie Club! We will dive into the 2012 film Holy Motors for our first meeting on Friday, August 14th, from 2-3PM. Our weekly discussion is a fun, free-form chat about movies, where I hope we can make new friends and share what we love about film.
Holy Motors is a visual roller coaster of a film. A dreamlike slice of French Cinema, this critically acclaimed, Palme d’Or winning film takes us through a series of characters, all played by Denis Lavant. Lavant feels kind of like if Lon Chaney starred in Godard’s le Weekend, a shapeshifter moving from set to surreal set in his disguise-filled limousine.
Lavant proceeds through a cavalcade of bizarre characters; a businessman and his assassin, a man in a green coat who terrorizes Paris, an old woman begging underneath a bridge, and a dad picking up his daughter from a party. Lavant is only himself between the sets, chain smoking and applying makeup in his limousine. Lavant is a gargoyle of an actor, disappearing into oddball characters, grotesque video games and familiar family situations. He is Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Bill Murray, and Godzilla all mashed together.
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