Saturday, November 19, 2016, 4:00 p.m.
Dir. Barry Levinson. 1990, 128 mins. 35mm. With Armin Mueller-Stahl, Joan Plowright, Aidan Quinn. Levinson’s greatest film is this profoundly personal, autobiographical drama about the American immigrant experience, following one Jewish family in Baltimore, overseen by wallpaper-hanger patriarch Sam Krichinsky (a gorgeous performance by German actor Mueller-Stahl), throughout the 1950s and beyond, using Thanksgiving as a recurring anchor—including a particularly, hilariously contentious one. As shot by Allen Daviau and scored by Randy Newman, this is an evocative, exquisitely made work of popular American art, filled with the kind of texture and detail that can only come from lived experience.
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