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by Sam Juliano

The cataract surgery is completed.  All went well but vision restoration is seemingly still a ways off.  Some people need two to three weeks for it to return and I am waiting (im) patinetly.  Ha!   This past Thursday I attended our annual teacher’s Xmas party in Carlstadt, New Jersey.  It was a fun time for all and a moment to unwind before the early Friday morning eye surgery.

This past week both Jim Clark and J.D. Lafrance published banner reviews on Ingmar Bergman’s The Serpent’s Egg and Sidney Lumet’s Night Falls on Manhattan.  RIP Danny Aiello, a gentleman and wonderful actor who was iconic in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

Lucille and I saw one film in theaters this week as things were too hectic to do more.  But we have one set for this evening and more later in the week.  We saw:

A Hidden Life *****   (Sunday)  Cinema 1

“A Hidden Life”: A Terrence Malick masterpiece

There is precedence when we apply the word “masterpiece” to a Terrence Malick film, but his newest work, a cosmic investigation into defiant heroism, based on a real story set in Nazi Austria is the most linear film the acclaimed director has made in quite some time. Yet this lyrical work set in a scenic Sound of Music-styled hamlet in northern Austria is nonetheless one of the director’s finest films and one of the top 2 or 3 I‘ve watched this year. Fueled by a piercing voice over narration, lovely cinematography by Jorge Widmar and music by James Newton Howard “A Hidden Life” relates the story of conscientious objector Franz Jagerstatter who doggedly refuses to serve under Hitler while rebuffing numerous efforts from family and friends who contend his unwavering principals will bring him certain death. Like other Malick masterworks the film weaves an introspective spell. Lucille and I saw the film yesterday afternoon at the Cinema 1 on 3rd Avenue with friend Bill Kamberger.

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