20 Feet from Stardom, Mud & Renoir continue at the Avalon
- The buzz for "20 Feet from Stardom" is growing. I may need to see it again. Award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share. The film receives a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and three stars from the Washington Post.
Continuing is "Mud", starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan. The film is an adventure about two boys who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios. Skeptical but intrigued, the boys agree to help him. The film receives a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and three and a half stars from the Washingon Post.
"Renoir" also continues. Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, the drama tells the story of Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. The elder Renoir is filled with new energy when a young girl enters his world. Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. The film receives three stars from the Washington Post's Michael Sullivan.
On Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 pm, French Cinematheque presents "Almayer's Folly". The first narrative feature in seven years by the great Chantal Akerman is this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel, which concerns a Dutch trader living in Malaysia. Transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s, Akerman has brought the history of an extra half-century of colonialism and foreign intervention to bear on Conrad's tale, a story of cultural conflict, desire, and despair.
Please note that on Monday, July 1, the Avalon began its elevator installation project generously funded by donors to the Avalon Legacy Campaign. The theater will remain open throughout the project expected to take about 3 months to complete. Check out the Avalon's website for updates on the project.
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