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April Showers Bring May Flowers

As devastating as those April showers can be, we can still look forward to the good they will ultimately bring. It is with that spirit that I offer these two fine films of very different descent. Much thanks goes out to the dear friend who proposed this special theme.

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) is directed by Howard Hawks, and stars Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. I chose this because in many ways the rain plays a central role in the film. At the time, it was often treacherous to try and fly planes during a storm, and the turbulence that rain can bring is also felt in the plight and history of its characters.

Hawks does a magnificent job balancing the dark drama with elements of bravery, romance, and action. He will always be one of the great American filmmakers, and Only Angels Have Wings simply confirms that statement.

Daisies

Daisies

Daisies (1966) is directed by V’ra Chytilov’, who is Czechoslovakia’s first overtly feminist filmmaker. The two main characters are ultra-spirited and mischievous young ladies who exploit the expectations of older men, and capitalize on their generosities.

Though somewhat dark, Daisies is strangely infectious and fun. Chytilov’ stylized this rare gem making use of creative art design, interesting applications of colors, stop-motion, fast-motion, etc.

Daisies was initially banned, and Vera Chytilov’ was not permitted to work again until 1975. All this and more makes me very proud to present Daisies as my May flower recommendation to you.

Until next time, I hope you have a great viewing experience.  Comments are welcomed at cinespire@gmail.com.

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About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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