The Elderly in the Movies












The Elderly in the Movies

25 Firemans Street (Tüzoltóutca 25: almok a hazbol) (Hungary, 1973)
Director, István Szabó. Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Rita Bekes, Andras Balint, Agi Mészáros, Peter Muller. Elderly residents of an old apartment house in Hungary which is about to be destroyed recall their lives, dreams and nightmares as they reminisce about their traumatic memories of living through World War II. 97 min. DVD 3553
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About Schmidt (2002)
Directed by Alexander Payne. Cast: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Len Cariou, Howard Hesseman, Kathy Bates, June Squibb, Matt Winston, Harry Groener, Connie Ray, Phil Reeves, James Michael Connor. Warren Schmidt is a man at the crossroads of his life; retired and restless. He takes to the road to try and save his estranged daughter from marrying a loser but what he really embarks on is a journey of self discovery. Based on the novel by Louis Begley. Special features: Deleted scenes (31 min.); Trailers (8 min.); Woodmen Tower sequences [short films] (14 min.) 125 min. DVD X1772
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Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
Golden Globe - Best Actor, Drama (Jack Nicholson)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Picture; Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates)

Grabinski, C. Joanne; Yahnke, Robert E.; Vanden Bosch, James "Old Age and Loss in Feature-Length Films." Gerontologist; June 2003, Vol. 43 Issue 3, p426-431, 6p
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Lobel, Andrea D. "About Schmidt." Journal of Religion and Film, 7 no 1 Ap 2003.
Shambu, Girish. "About Schmidt: Is That All There Is?" Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 25, pp. (no pagination), Mar 2003 UC users only
Wolman, Thomas. "Psychological Aspects of Retirement: About Schmidt (2002), and Everybody's Fine (2009)." American Journal of Psychoanalysis. Jun2011, Vol. 71 Issue 2, p134-145. 12p
Woodward, Kathleen. "Performing Age, Performing Gender." NWSA Journal; Spring2006, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p162-189, 28p UC users only

Alexandra (Russia | France, 2007)
Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Cast: Galina Vishnevskaia, Vasilii Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva, Evgenii Tkachuk, Andrei Bogdanov, Rustam Shakhgireev, Aleksei Neimyshev. In a desolate, sun-sorched corner of the world, an elderly woman has come to see her beloved grandson. He is a young officer stationed at a remote military outpost. With the enemy just beyond the compound, she wanders the barracks, observing the routines of military life, before making a sudden trip into the outlying countryside. Special features: Press conference with director Aleksandr Sokurov, actress Galina Vishnevskaia and composer/producer Andrei( Sigle (60 min.); "Patience labour:" a short film by Aleksandr Sokurov (10 min.); theatrical trailer; essay by film critic David Shengold. 92 min. DVD X2688
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Amazing Grace (1974)
Directed by Stan Lathan. Cast: Moms Mabley, Slappy White, Moses Gunn, James Karen, George Lee Miles, Gary Bolling, Dolph Sweet, Jon Richards, Stepin Fetchit, Butterfly McQueen. A black pious church-going widow and grandmother takes over the political campaign of a neighbor running for mayor of Baltimore, transforming him from a white man's pawn into a serious challenger of Baltimore's blue-blood establishment. 97 min. DVD 3499
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The Angel Levine (1970)
Directed by Jan Kadar. Cast: Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska, Milo O'Shea, Gloria Foster. A touching, humorous film about Morris Mishkin, an elderly Jew whose life experiences have left him an embittered agnostic. Into Mishkin's life floats Alexander Levine, a black Jewish angel, who must convince the old man that life has value else Levine will never earn his wings. 106 min. vhs 999:2625
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Another Year (UK, 2010)
Directed by Mike Leigh. Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Karina Fernandez, Martin Savage, Michele Austin, Phil Davis, Stuart McQuarrie, Imelda Staunton. A married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years are surrounded over the course of the four seasons of one average year by friends, colleagues, and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness. 130 min. DVD X5979
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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Directed by Frank Capra. Cast: Cary Grant, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson, Peter Lorre, Priscilla Lane, Edward Everett Horton. An easy going drama critic discovers that his kind and gentle aunts, Abby and Martha, have a bizarre habit of poisoning gentlemen callers and burying them in the cellar. 120 min. DVD 2205 (b&w); vhs 999:747 (colorized)
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Assisted Living (2002)
Directed by Elliot Greenebaum. Cast: Michael Bonsignore, Maggie Wise Riley, Gail Benedict, Nanci Jo Boone, Clint Vaught, Jose Albovias, Elsie Albright, Malorie Boone. Todd is a pot-smoking janitor at a nursing home who takes pleasure in toying with the senile residents. But when one of the residents mistakes him for her son, he finds himself becoming emotionally attached to his work for the first time. Shot in an actual nursing home, using real residents as many of the actors with mixed footage from a documentary that was made at the facility, lends the film a realistic fly-on-the-wall quality. 75 min. DVD 5127
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Chang, Robert. "Assisted Living." Disability Studies Quarterly Summer 2005, Volume 25, No. 3
"Movie tells us 'assisted living' really means 'don't get old'." Modern Healthcare 34.48 (Nov 29, 2004): 40. UC users only

Autumn Spring (Babí léto ) (Czech Republic, 2001)
Directed by Vladimír Michálek. Cast: Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zzvorková, Stanislav Zindulka. Fanda is an old man who refuses to grow up. Despite pleas from his exasperated wife, Emilie, and son who want him to make some serious plans for the future, he ignores their nagging and spends his days seeking amusement and adventure. Aided by a pal, Fanda keeps his acting skills sharpened by pretending he is a retired opera star in the market for an opulent country estate. When he fakes his own death, his wife decides she has had enough and files for divorce. They soon discover that instead of worrying about old age, perhaps it's time to live each day to the fullest. 101 min. DVD X4584
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Away from Her (2002)
Directed by Sarah Polley. Cast: Gordon Pinsent, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Murphy, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson, Deanna Dezmari, Clare Coulter, Thomas Hauff, Alberta Watson. Fiona and Grant are an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years. During the twilight of their years, Grant is forced to face the fact that Fiona's 'forgetfulness' actually is Alzheimer's. After Fiona wanders away and is found, the decision is made for her to go into a nursing home. For the first time in their relationship, they are forced to undergo a separation since this is the nursing home 'no-vistitors,' first 30 days policy of a patient's stay. When Grant visits Fiona after the orientation period, he is devastated to find out that not only has she seemingly forgotten him, but she has transferred her affections to another man. As the distance between husband and wife grows, Grant must draw upon his love for Fiona to perform an act of self-sacrifice in order to ensure her happiness. Based on the short story "The bear came over the mountain" by Alice Munro. Special features: Feature commentary with actress Julie Christie ; deleted scenes ; deleted scenes commentary with director Sarah Polley. 110 min. DVD X3773
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
Golden Globes - Best Actress, Dramatic (Julie Christie)
London Critics Circle Film Awards - British Actress of the Year (Julie Christie)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - New Generation Award (Sarah Polley)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Actress (Julie Christie)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Actress (Julie Christie); Best First Film (Sarah Polley)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Actress (Julie Christie)

Campbell, Anita. "Dementia and the screen test." Community Care. 3/6/2008, Issue 1712, p32-33. 2p UC users only
Cicero, Caroline; Detweiler, Craig. "Solidarity and Ambivalence in Away From Her." Journal of Aging, Humanities & the Arts, Mar2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p76-80, 5p UC users only
Johnson, Brian D. "The last taboo: geriatric romance." Maclean's; 1/22/2007, Vol. 120 Issue 2, p57-57, 1p UC users only
McGill, Robert. "No Nation but Adaptation: "The Bear Came over the Mountain," "Away from Her," and What It Means to Be Faithful." Canadian Literature; Summer2008, Issue 197, p98-111, 14p UC users only
Oatley, Keith. "Coming together." PsycCRITIQUES. Vol 52 (39), 2007, [np]

Babette's Feast (Babettes gæstebud) (Denmark, 1987)
Directed by Gabriel Axel. Cast: Stephane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Brigitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Jean Philippe Lafant, Bibi Andersson, Henning Kristiansen Dee. On the desolate coast of Denmark, two elderly, religious women take in a young woman to be their housekeepr and cook, not knowing she is a superb French chef. When the chef, Babette, wins a large sum of money, she decides to spend it all creating a magnificent meal for the simple villagers. Based on a story by Isak Dineson. In Danish and French, with English subtitles. 102 min. DVD 5512; vhs 999:1468
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Awards

Academy Award - Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film

de Arellano, Annette B. Rami; Nevins, Andrea. "Multicultural images of aging: Four international films." Gerontologist, Jun92, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p431, 2p UC users only

The Ballad of Narayama (Narayama Bushiko) (Japan, 1982)
Director: Shohei Imamura. A century ago, inhabitants from a remote mountian village lived in constant fear of starvation. Their lives were cruel, horrible, and at best, hopeless. To survive, a number of ruthless laws were passed. One of the most brutal-taking the elderly to the distant peak of Narayama to die. 129 min. DVD 9868
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Awards
Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or

Beginners (2010)
Directed by Mike Mills. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller, Keegan Boos. A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover. 104 min. DVD X6886
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Broadcast Film Critics Assn. - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Golden Globes - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer)

Taubin, Amy. "Beginners." Film Comment, May/June 2011, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p66-67, 2p UC users only

The Berlin Wall
Directed by Paul Cotter A 75-year-old man attempts to re-build the Berlin Wall. 15 min. DVD X4551
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Central Station (Central do Brasil) (1998)
Directed by Walter Salles. Cast: Fernanda Montenegro, Marilia Pera, Vinícius de Oliveira. When a young Brazilian boy witnesses his mother's accidental death, a lonely retired school-teacher reluctantly takes the child under her wing. Although they initially distrust each other, the two form an uncommon bond as they venture from the bustling city to Brazil's barren and remote northeast region in search of the boy's father. 106 min.DVD 8547; vhs 999:2446
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Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Foreign-language Film
Golden Globes, USA - Best Foreign Language Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Foreign Language Film

Gutiérrez-Albilla, Julián Daniel. "The Gender Ethics and Politics of Affection: The 'Feminine' Melodramatic Mode in Walter Salles' Central do Brasil (1998)." Bulletin of Latin American Research, Apr2010, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p141-154, 14p
Kaufman, Anthony. "Sentimental journey as national allegory: an interview with Walter Salles." Cineaste Winter 1998 v24 i1 p19(3)
Nagib, Lúcia. "The zero, the centre and the empty utopia – From Rossellini to Walter Salles." Studies in European Cinema; 2006, Vol. 3 Issue 3, p223-233, 11p
Tompkins, Cynthia M. "The Paradoxical Effect of the Documentary in Walter Salles's Central do Brasil." Studies in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 9-27, Winter 2009

Cloud Nine (Wolke Neun) (Germany, 2008)
Directed by Andreas Dresen. Cast: Ursula Werner, Horst Rehberg, Horst Westphal. Inge, a 67-year-old married woman, rediscovers her passion and sexuality when she unexpectedly falls in love with 76-year-old Karl. 98 min. DVD X3861
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Chang, Chris. "Cloud Nine." Film Comment; May/Jun2010, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p75-75, 1/4p UCB users only
Garcia, Maria. "Cloud Nine." Film Journal International, Sep2009, Vol. 112 Issue 9, p45-46, 2pUCB users only
Rayns, Tony. "Cloud Nine." Sight & Sound, Jul2009, Vol. 19 Issue 7, p59-60, 2p UCB users only
Zordan, Davide. "Too Old for That Kind of Thing? Sexuality and Unshareable Desire in Dresen's Cloud 9." Theology & Sexuality: The Journal of the Institute for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality, Jan2010, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p283-292, 10p

El Cochecita (Spain, 1960)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. A black comedy about an old man who wants a motorized bicycle so he can ride through town with his crippled friends. When his family refuses to buy him a bike as well he methodically poisons his family members one by one, using their tiny legacies to finance his purchase. Strange but true: the audience's sympathy is with the elder gent in this study of aging, loneliness, neglect and rebellion. 90 min. vhs 999:2099
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Cocoon (1985)
Directed by Ron Howard. Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Herta Ware, Tahnee Welch. When visitors from a distant galaxy return to earth on a secret mission, their other-worldly powers afford a group of senior citizens who had expected nothing more from life than bingo, shuffleboard, aches and pains, the chance to recapture their youth. Special features: Commentary by director Ron Howard; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Ron Howard profile; underwater training; actors; Creating Antareans; TV spots; theatrical teaser; scene selection. Contents: Side A. Widescreen presentation ; Commentary by Ron Howard ; "Behind the scenes" featurette ; "Creating Antareans" featurette -- Side B. Full screen presentation ; Commentary by Ron Howard. 117 min. DVD X1771
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Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Directed by Daniel Petrie. Cast: Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Courteney Cox, Hume Cronyn, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg, Barret Oliver, Maureen Stapleton, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy, Gwen Verdon, Tahnee Welch. In this charming, funny and very moving sequel to the hit film "Cocoon", the adventurous old-timers who left Earth for the alien utopia Antarea, return on a rescue mission. Although accustomed to their new peaceful, problem-free planet, they realize the joys they left behind after they are reunited with their stunned families. Yet for all their happiness, they must once again confront the human frailties of their past. 116 min. DVD X1771
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Critical Care (1999)
Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: James Spader, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Mirren, Anne Bancroft, Albert Brooks, Margo Martindale, Jeffrey Wright, Wallace Shawn, Philip Bosco. Dr. Werner Ernst, an overworked intern, only wants what is best for his elderly, comatose patient -- until he falls for the ailing man's beautiful daughter who has ten million reasons to let her father "die with dignity," while her deeply religious sister has her own motives for keeping him alive. Caught between passion and duty, Werner descends into a moral mine field where he struggles with the physician's god-like powers of life and death. 109 min. DVD 314
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Directed by David Fincher. Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemying, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton. Benjamin Button was a not-so-ordinary man who began his life under unusual circumstances. Born in his eighties, and unable to stop time, he continued to age backwards. His life story is detailed from the end of World War I in 1918 and into the 21st century, when he discovered a love that lasted beyond time. Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Special features: Disc 2: The Supplements : Interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett ; Audio commentary featuring director David Fincher; Footage revealing the innovative techniques behind the visual effects and makeup; Step-by-step examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt; In-depth exploration of David Fincher's creative process on the set; Featurettes on the film's storyboards, costumes, and art direction; Still galleries, including costume designs and candid behind-the-scenes production photos. 165 min. DVD X1876
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Alexander, Henry. "Reflections on Benjamin Button." Philosophy & Literature, Apr2009, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p1-17, 17p
Curnutt, Kirk, et al. "The Case Gets Curious: Debates on Benjamin Button, from Story to Screen." F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, vol. 7, pp. 3-33, 2009
Fuller, Graham. "Up the Hill Backwards." Sight and Sound, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 26-27, 29, Mar 2009
Gery, John. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Studies in Short Fiction, Fall80, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p495, 3p
Tyree, J. M. "Against The Clock: Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button." Film Quarterly, Summer2009, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p34-38, 5p;

Dad (1989)
Directed by Gary David Goldberg. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis. A work-obsessed man returns home when his mother is hospitalized, and finds that his father, who he hasn't seen for 2 years, has deteriorated. Through careful nurturing the young man revitalizes his father and reestablishes a close relationship with him. Based on the novel by William Wharton. 118 min. DVD X4125
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Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Moartea domnului Lăzărescu) (Romania, 2005)
Director, Cristi Puiu. Cast: Ion Fiscuteanu, Luminita Gheorghiu, Gabriel Spahiu, Doru Ana, Dana Dogaru, Florin Zamfirescu, Clara Voda, Adrian Titieni, Mihai Bratila, Mimi Branescu, Rodica Lazar, Alina Berzunteanu, Mirela Cioaba. A 60-ish widower, living alone with his cats, feels sick enough one evening to call an ambulance. This is the beginning of his Dantesque odyssey deep into the bowels of a big city medical establishment as Mr. Lazarescu and his paramedic search for medical care. Special features: Interview with the director, Perspective on the US healthcare system with Dr Fred Berlin, trailer. Accompanying booklet: New York Times film article / Alan Riding; Interview with the director / Christoph Huber, Cinema Scope 153 min. DVD X4564
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Del Rosa - al Amarillo (Spain, 1963)
Director, Manuel Summers. A parallel love story about two youths, Guillermo and Margarita and an elderly couple, Valentin and Joséfa. In the first story Guillermo falls for an older girl of 14 but is unable to win her affection. In the second story two residents of an old folks home for the poor express their love through letters to each other. In Spanish without subtitles. 88 min. vhs 999:3539
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Dolls (1987)
Directed by Stuart Gordon. Cast: Ian Patrick Williams, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Carrie Lorraine, Guy Rolfe, Hilary Mason. A group of travelers spend the night in the mansion of an elderly couple who are dollmakers. However, one of the travelers' children discovers that the dolls the couple make are actually humans that the couple has miniaturized and turned into tools for their evil plans. Special features: commentary by director Stuart Gordon & writer Ed Naha, commentary by Carolyn Purdy-Gordon and other cast members, storyboard-to-film comparison, photo gallery, original theatrical trailer. 78 min. DVD X2243
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Don Quixote
In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, Sancho Panza, to reform the world and revive the age of chivalry, choosing a slut to be his noble lady Dulcinea. He mistakes inns for castles, a play about chivalry for the real thing, flocks of sheep for armies, convicts for wronged prisoners, and windmills for giants. For various filmed versions of Don Quixote, SEE Literary Adaptations

The Dragon Painter (1919)
Director, William Worthington. Cast: Sessue Hayakawa, Tsuru Aoki, Edward Peil, Toyo Fujita. Hayakawa plays Tatsu, a wild youth living in the mountain forests of Japan, spending all his time painting. Although Tatsu creates beautiful art, local villagers believe that he is insane, as he claims that he has a beloved princess fiancee who has been turned into a dragon. When an renowned-but-aging artist hears of the young hermit's talent, Tatsu is brought to civilization with the hope that he will both become the student of the old artist and marry the elderly man's daughter to continue the family lineage and traditions. Special features: 1921 comedy short, Screen snapshots with Sessue Hayakawa, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Charles Murray ; stills gallery of illustrations from original novel ; stills gallery of Herbert G. Ponting's photos of turn-of-the century Japan ; stills gallery of archival photos and correspondence notes of Hayakawa and Aoki ; gallery of promotional materials from the original production. 53 min. DVD 9553
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Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Directed by Bruce Beresford. Cast: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti Lupone, Esther Rolle. Set in Atlanta in the 1950's, a textile factory owner insists on hiring an ever-patient chauffeur for his aging head-strong mother. The Jewish woman and her African American driver eventually build a relationship over many years. 99 min. DVD 5147
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Picture; Best Actress (Jessica Tandy)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Actress (Jessica Tandy)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical; Best Actress, Comedy/Musical (Jessica Tandy); Best Actor, Comedy/Musical (Morgan Freeman)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actor (Morgan Freeman)

Fischer, Roger A. "Hollywood and the Mythic Land Apart, 1988– 1991." In: A mythic land apart : reassessing Southerners and their history / edited by John David Smith and Tho Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks F209.5 .H64 1997)
McGraw, Eliza Russi Lowen. "'Driving Miss Daisy:' Southern Jewishness On The Big Screen." Southern Cultures; 2001 7(2): 41-59, 19p UC users only
Vann, Helene; Caputi, Jane. "Driving Miss Daisy": A New "Song of the South" Journal of Popular Film and Television Issue: 18:2 (1990:Summer) p.80 UC users only
Winchell, Mark Royden. "That's what friends are for : Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy (1989)." In: God, man, and Hollywood : politically incorrect cinema from "The birth of a nation" to "The Passion of the Christ" / Mark Royden Winchell. Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, c2008. (Main Stack PN1995.9.S6.W53 2008; PFA PN1995.9.S6.W53 2008)

Facing Windows (La Finestra di Fronte) (Italy / UK / Turkey / Portugal, 2003)
Directed by Ferzan Özpetek. Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro, Serra Yilmaz, Massimo Poggio. Giovanna is a young working-class wife and mother, who has no time for the senile elderly man her husband has rescued from the streets. But as she uncovers the stranger's secrets, it unlocks a freedom within her heart she never expected; a freedom that will lead her to the arms of a neighbor she secretly adores, and to fulfillment her husband and family cannot provide. Non-US format DVD. 106 min. DVD 3021
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Geoffrey Macnab. "Facing Windows." Sight & Sound, Oct2005, Vol. 15 Issue 10, p96-97, 2p UC users only
Lally, Kevin. "Facing Windows." Film Journal International, Jun2004, Vol. 107 Issue 6, p49-50, 2p UC users only

Four Minutes (Vier Minuten) (Germany, 2006)
Directed by Chris Kraus. Cast: Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Müller, Jasmin Tabatabai, Vadim Glowna, Stefan Kurt, Nadja Uhl. Jenny has been locked up in a women's prison for killing someone, and she would do it again. Buried beneath her impenetrable facade, however, Jenny has an invaluable musical talent. When 80 year-old piano teacher Traude Krueger discovers the girl's terrible secret, her raging brutality and her dreams, she makes it her mission to retransform Jenny into the musical wunderkind she once was. 112 min. DVD X3956
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Director, Jon Avnet. Cast: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker, Cicely Tyson. A chance encounter in a nursing home leads to an unexpected friendship between a dowdy housewife and a spry octagenarian who tells her the story of a fiercely independent woman half a century ago, inspiring the housewife to change her life, often with hilarious results. "A story told in flashback about lasting female friendship and the specifically unusual food the main characters serve while running a café together. A slice of southern culture, with plenty of heartbreak and cultural oddities, that revolves around the preparation, serving, and consumption of food. Based on the novel by Flagg and the Ironside Café in Birmingham, Alabama, where fried green tomatoes are a menu staple and the secret, apparently, "is in the sauce."" [from Gastronomica: Food in Film] 137 min. DVD 1711
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Gabbeh (Iran, 1996)
Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. A folkloric carpet (Gabbeh), picturing a man and a woman riding away on horseback, is the prized possession of an elderly nomadic couple. When they wash it a beautiful young woman emerges from the carpet to reveal its mystical secrets. With its dream-like twists this tone poem is notable for its exquisite interludes on the colors of nature with landscapes and vistas of breathtaking beauty. 75 min. DVD 9150; vhs 999:3064
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A Gathering of Old Men (TV, 1987)
Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Holly Hunter, Richard Widmark. A regular day in a Louisiana sugarcane plantation changes course when a local white farmer, a racist, is shot. A group of old, black men takes a courageous step by coming forward en masse to take responsibility for the killing. As the sheriff confronts the suspects, the young plantation owner stands alone in her defense of this group of men who stand resolute against decades of injustice. Based on the novel, A gathering of old men, by Ernest J. Gaines. 94 min. DVD X3779
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The Golden Honeymoon (1993)
Directed by Donald Petrie. Cast: Teresa Wright, James Whitmore. Based on the story of the same title by Ring Lardner, about an elderly couple who takes a winter vacation in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the 1920's, and discovers that 50 years of marriage have not prevented the arousal of old jealousies nor diminished the chances of an even deeper love. 52 min. Video/C 795

Golden Years (TV, 1991)
Directed by Michael Gornick. Cast: Keith Szarabajka, Felicity Huffman, Frances Sternhagen, R.D. Call, Ed Lauter, Bill Raymond. When aging janitor Harlan Williams is accidentally exposed to exotic chemicals in a lab explosion, he undergoes an extraordinary change, which the government wants to study at any cost. Soon, Harlan, his wife Gina, and the lab's security chief are on a cross-country race to evade a murderously effective federal agent. Based on a novel by Stephen King. 236 min. Video/C 795
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Gran Torino (2008)
Directed by Clint Eastwood. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Christopher Carley, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes, Dreama Walker, Brian Howe, John Carroll Lynch, William Hill. Walt Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor, Thao, a young Hmong teenager, becomes pressured by his gang member cousin to steal Walt's Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Walt is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood. Special features: Manning the wheel; Gran Torino: more than a car. 116 min. DVD X1622
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Awards
César Awards, France - Best Foreign Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Clint Eastwood)

Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Directed by Donald Petrie. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis, Daryl Hannah, Burgess Meredith, Buck Henry. Neighborhood curmudgeons' long-running feud becomes an all-out rivalry when an attractive widow moves into the house across the street. 104 min. DVD X1774
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Grumpier Old Men (1995)
Directed by Howard Deutch. Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Kevin Pollak, Daryl Hannah. Grumpy Old Men become grumpier in this sequel as a newcomer (Sophia Loren) plans to change the town's bait shop into a ristorante. 101 min. DVD X1774
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Harold and Maude(1971)
Directed by Hal Ashby. Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer. A black comedy about a rich, disturbed, young man, fascinated with death and funerals, who has an affair and a series of adventures with an eccentric and independent 80-year-old woman. 91 min. DVD 9060
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Ashby, Hal. Hal Ashby : interviews / edited by Nick Dawson. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2010. (Moffitt PN1998.3.A7635 A5 2010)
Beach, Christopher. The films of Hal Ashby / Christopher Beach. Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2009. (Full-text available online [UC Berkeley users only]; Print: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 B43 2009)
Dawson, Nick. Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel / Nick Dawson. Lexington, Ky. : The University Press of Kentucky, c2009. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.A7635 D39 2009)
Walsh, Andrea. "Life Isn't Yet Over": Older Heroines in American Popular Cinema of the 1930s and 1970s/80s." Qualitative Sociology, Spring89, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p72, 24p UC users only

Harry and Tonto (1974)
Directed by Paul Mazursky. Cast: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Larry Hagman, Chief Dan George. Comedy about a man evicted from his apartment who decides to take his cat, Tonto, and head cross country to live with one of his children. He has many 'encounters' with an assortment of people he meets on the way. 115 min. DVD X7126; vhs 999:3828
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Academy Award - Best Actor (Art Carney)
Golden Globes, USA - Best Actor, Musical/Comedy (Art Carney)

Helmer & Son (Denmark, 2006)
Directed by Søren Pilmark. Cast: Per Pallesen, Steen Stig Lommer, Ditte Hansen, Margrethe Koytu. Jess, a middle-aged man who runs the company his father started, is called to the old folk's home where his father, Helmer, lives. Helmer, it seems, has locked himself in an armoire and won't come out. He's happy to chat with Jess through the closet's locked doors, chiding his son for how he talks to a client who's called on Jess's cell phone. Shortly after, Jess's sister, Vibeke, arrives with her surly teenage daughter, Sophie. Helmer talks to Vibber as well. Why he's in the armoire, what draws him out, and Jess's response make for the rest of the story. 13 min. DVD 7523

How the Old Woman Caught the Omnibus (aka Stop That Bus!)(UK, 1903)
Directed by Percy Stow. "An elderly woman is waiting to catch an omnibus. As she sees it approaching, she stands in the road and waves her umbrella to get the driver's attention. When she realizes that he is not going to stop, she pulls on the horses' reins to try to stop the vehicle. This initiates a heated battle of wills between her and the occupants of the omnibus." [IMDB] 2 min. Video/C 7154

Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, William Campbell, Victor Buono, Mary Astor, Bruce Dern. Charlotte was a Southern belle preparing to elope with her married lover-- until he was murdered. Now, 37 years later, she lives alone in her mansion, slowly going mad as she is haunted by the memory of the unsolved crime and tormented by the local townspeople who believe she killed him. But when her cousin comes to visit, the skeletons begin to tumble out of the closet-- and that's when the terror really begins. Special features: "Hush...hush, sweet Joan: the making of Charlotte" featurette; "Bruce Dern remembers" featurette; "Wizard work": vintage promotional short narrated by Joseph Cotten; isolated score track; theatrical teasers; original theatrical trailer; TV spots; interactive pressbook gallery; poster gallery; lobby card gallery; still gallery. 133 min. DVD X2419
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Hyenas (Hyènes) (Senegal, 1992)
Directed by Djibril Diop Mambety. An old woman who has become rich returns to create all kinds of trouble. Based on "Der Besuch der alten Dame" by Friedrich Durrenmatt. In French with English subtitles. 113 min. DVD 3572; vhs 999:1152

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I Can't Sleep (J'ai pas sommeil) (1994)
Director, Claire Denis. Cast: Katerina Golubeva, Richard Courcet, Vincent Dupont. A "granny killer" is loose in Paris, inciting fear and havoc amongst its residents. Based on the true story of Thierry Paulin, who with his male lover murdered over 20 elderly women in Paris in the 1980s, this is an eerily atmospheric portrait of urban alienation and arbitrary violence. 115 min. DVD X1120; vhs 999:3268
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I Live In Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) (Japan, 1955)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. Cast: Mifune Toshiro, Miyoshi Eiko, Shimura Takashi, Chiaki Minoru. An elderly and wealthy industrialist is driven to madness over fears of a nuclear attack. In a futile attempt to save his family he pressures them to leave Japan and move to the rain forest in Brazil where he believes they will be safe. His family, complacent and cynical, is outraged and moves to have him declared insane. 103 min. DVD 9127
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If I Had a Million (1932)
Directors: James Cruze (segment "Death Cell"); H. Bruce Humberstone (segment "The Forger"); Ernst Lubitsch (segment "The Clerk"); Norman Z. McLeod (segments "China Shop" and "Road Hogs"); Stephen Roberts (segments "Violet" and "Grandma"); William A. Seiter (segment "The Three Marines"); Norman Taurog (segments "Prologue" and "Epilogue") Cast: Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Laughton -- Trouble in paradise (1932) / actors: Mirima Hopkins, Kay Francis, Herbert Marshall Tycoon John Glidden, dying though still vigorous, is so dissatisfied with his relatives and associates that, rather than will his money to any of them, he decides to give it away in million-dollar amounts to strangers picked from the city directory. He picks a meek china salesman; a prostitute; a forger; two ex-vaudevilleans who hate road hogs; a condemned man; a mild-mannered clerk; a boisterous marine; and an oppressed inmate of an old ladies' home. DVD X5742
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Walsh, Andrea. "Life Isn't Yet Over": Older Heroines in American Popular Cinema of the 1930s and 1970s/80s." Qualitative Sociology, Spring89, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p72, 24p UC users only

I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Director, Herb Gardner. Cast: Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson, Martha Plimpton. Eighty-one year old Nat Moyer is a compulsive and fanciful talker, a feisty philosopher, and a troublemaker given to assuming personalities. His daily companion on a bench in New York's Central Park is Midge Carter, a half-blind apartment house superintendent. Midge's approach to life is realistic and down-to-earth, making him the perfect foil for Nat. With vaudevillian flair, these appealing oldsters outrageously take on the world and its multiple threats--drug dealers and muggers, enlightened children, forced retirement, and the spector of the old folks' home. 137 min. DVD X7144; vhs 999:3518
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Inquietude (Anxiety) (Portugal / France / Spain / Switzerland, 1998)
Directed by Manoel de Oliveira. Cast: Luís Miguel Cintra, José Pinto, Isabel Ruth, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Dória, Rita Blanco, David Cardoso, Irène Papas, Leonor Baldaque, Ricardo Trepa. Contains three different stories that deal with death and immortality. In the first, an elderly father and his son discuss suicide as delivery from decrepitude and mediocrity. In the second, a young aristocratic man falls in love with a dying prostitute in the 1930s. The final story revolves around a peasant girl who thinks she has found a way to leave her village, but actually she has doomed herself to thousands of years there. Adapted from "Os imortais" by Prista Monteiro, "Suzy" by António Patrício, and "Mäe de um rio" by Agustina Bessa-Lu?s. Special features: Making-of featurette; trailer; film and set stills gallery, Manoel de Oliveira filmography. 108 min. DVD X2157
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The Intruder (L'intrus) (2003)
Directed by Claire Denis. Cast: Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Katia Golubeva, Bambou, Florence Loiret-Caille, Lolita Chammah, Alex Descas, Hong-suk Park, Dong-ho Kim, Se-tak Chang, Henri Tainanuarii, Jean-Marc Teriipaia, Anna Tetuaveroa, Edwin Aline, Béatrice Dalle. Louis is a brooding loner who lives with two large white dogs in a forest near the French-Swiss border. His estranged son Sidney lives with his wife in a village nearby. Louis is carrying on an affair with the local pharmacist and carrying a torch for a beautiful, feral local dog breeder. He suffers a mild heart attack, and buys a new heart on the black market. Then he travels to South Korea, where he buys a boat and sails it to his former home, a dilapidated shack on a remote island south of Tahiti. His dream is to find the son he sired decades earlier when he lived there. However, once he is settled, his body begins to reject the alien heart. Inspired by the book L'intrus by Jean-Luc Nancy. Special features: Interview with Claire Denis (36 min.); Filmographies [text feature]; Original theatrical trailer (2 min.); Trailer gallery (11 min.). 126 min. DVD X5825
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Iris (UK | USA, 2001)
Directed by Richard Eyre. Cast: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton. Adapted from the memoirs of literary critic John Bayley, the film recounts his courtship of and long marriage to British novelist Iris Murdoch. The scenario tacks back and forth from the young Iris--ready to seduce one and all with her coy command of words and sex appeal--to the elder Iris--slowly giving way to the cruel erasure of Alzheimer's. Based on the books Iris : a memoir and elegy for Iris and Iris and her friends : a memoir of memory and desire by John Bayley. 91 min. DVD 1276
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Campbell, Anita. "Dementia and the screen test." Community Care. 3/6/2008, Issue 1712, p32-33. 2p
Chivers, Sally. "'Move! You're In the Way': Disability and Age Meet on Screen." Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Spring 2008, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p30-43, 14p
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Is Anybody There? (UK, 2008)
Directed by John Crowley. Cast: Michael Caine, David Morrissey, Ann-Marie Duff, Thelma Barlow, Rosemary Harris, Leslie Phillips, Ralph Riach, Elizabeth Spriggs, Sylvia Syms, Peter Vaughan, Bill Milner. Ten-year-old Edward lives in his family-run retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward leads an increasingly lonely existence until he meets Clarence, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age. 94 min. Included on DVD X2739
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Kick the Can(Twilight Zone, TV)
Charles Whitley, a retiree at the Sunnyvale Rest Home, thinks that he has discovered the secret of youth. He is convinced that if he acts young he will become young. His oldest and best friend, Ben Conroy, thinks he is going crazy. One night, Charles convinces a number of residents to play a game of kick the can with him. When he tries to talk to Ben, Ben tells Charles, "I AM old!" The game of kick the can transforms Whitley and his other friends back into children. Conroy and the home's superintendent, Mr. Cox, go out to the street where they find the group of children playing kick the can in the night. Mr. Cox chases them all off except for one, who stops to look at Conroy. Ben, now seeing the miracle, begs for a second chance to go with his friend. But it is too late: He is left behind DVD 2599
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King Lear
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Kitchen Stories (Salmer fra kjøkkenet) (Norway / Sweden, 2003)
Directed by Bent Hamer. Cast: Joachim Calmeyer, Tomas Norstrom, Reine Brynolfsson, Bjorn Floberg. An observer from the Swedish Home Research Institute is sent to study the kitchen habits of an elderly bachelor in postwar Norway. The researcher's objectivity is potentially compromised by his growing friendship with the old farmer. 91 min. DVD 3022
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Koza(Turkey, 1995)
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Due to some painful experiences of their past, an old couple at their seventies live separately. One day they come together again. But the meeting which they hope will heal the lingering pain doesn't give the expected results. 20 min. Included on DVD 3663
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The Lady Killers (2004)
Directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst. Marva Munson is a spry, elderly woman who is looking for a tenant for the spare room in her house. Goldthwait H. Dorr moves in and gains Munson's permission to use the basement for rehearsals with his "medieval music ensemble." Dorr is masterminding the robbery of a riverboat casino, and the fellow musicians in his ensemble are actually the crew he's assembled to pull off the job. Despite their best efforts, Munson finds out about their scheme and Dorr decides the best solution is to silence her permanently. After, all how hard can that be? 104 min. DVD 3333
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The Ladykillers (UK, 1955)
Director, Alexander Mackendrick. Cast: Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker, Danny Green. Professor Marcus and his gang of vicious bank robbers rent a room from an elderly widow. When she begins to meddle in their 'perfect crime', the crooks decide she must be killed ... but can they? 91 min. DVD 8124
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Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) (Germany, 1924)
Directed by F.W. Murnau. Cast: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Georg John. Chronicles the fickle advantages of status as an aging hotel doorman is demoted to lavatory attendant and then becomes a millionaire. 74 min. DVD 730; VHS 999:153
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The Last Station (Germany | Russia | UK, 2009)
Directed by Michael Hoffman. Cast: Anne-Marie Duff, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Kerry Condon. In honor of his newly created religion, Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy renounces his title, property, and family in favor of poverty and celibacy. For the Countess Sofya, his wife of nearly fifty years, this is the last straw! After she discovers his plans to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family, she decides to use every trick of seduction in her considerable arsenal, to fight for what she believes is rightfully hers. Based on the novel by Jay Parini. Special features: The missed station ; deleted scenes ; a tribute to Christopher Plummer ; commentary with Christopher Plummer & Helen Mirren; commentary with director Michael Hoffman. 113 min. DVD X3844
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The Late Show (1976)
Directed by Robert Benton. Cast: Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche, Howard Duff, Joanna Cassidy. Aging private eye Ira Wells is determined to stay active and when his partner is killed while on assignment, Ira agrees to take on his current case by agreeing to help a Hollywood kook named Margo locate her missing cat. 93 min. DVD 3324
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The Little Coach (El Cochecito)(Spain, 1960)
Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Jose Isbert, Jose A. Lepe, Maria Luise Ponte, Pedro Porcel, Jose Luis Lopez Vasquez. A black comedy about an old man who wants a motorized bicycle so he can ride through town with his crippled friends. When his family refuses to buy him a bike as well he methodically poisons his family members one by one, using their tiny legacies to finance his purchase. Strange but true: the audience's sympathy is with the elder gent in this study of aging, loneliness, neglect and rebellion. Based on the novel: El cochecito / Rafael Azcona. 90 min. vhs 999:2099
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Love (Szerelem ) (Hungary, 1971)
Director, Károly Makk. Cast: Lili Darvas, Mari Törocsik, Iván Darvas, Erzsi Orsolay, László Mensáros. An emotionally precise drama of a bedridden old woman. Her son is in jail and her daughter-in-law makes up stories about his life as a filmmaker in America, forging letters from him, which his mother believes as she awaits his return. 84 min. DVD X2535
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Madadayo (Japan, 1992)
Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Set in postwar Japan, the film follows the last two decades in the life of Hyakken Uchida, a free spirited writer and teacher, highlighted by his relationship with his students who venerate him in his old age. 134 min. DVD 622
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Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
Director, Leo McCarey. Cast: Victor Moore, Beulah Bondi, Fay Bainter, Thomas Mitchell, Porter Hall, Barbara Read, Maurice Moscovitch, Elisabeth Risdon. When Ma and Pa Cooper's house goes into foreclosure, none of their five grown children will take them in as a couple. Ma goes to live with George and Pa to Cora in another state. When the couple realize that their children are not intent on getting them back together, they must decide how to remedy the situation. Based on the novel The years are so long by Josephine Lawrence and a play by Helen and Nolan Leary. Special features: video introduction by film historian Bernard Eisenschitz ; photo gallery. 91 min. DVD X3291; DVD X1838 (PAL)
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National Film Registry Selection

Bradshaw, Nick. "Killing with kindness." Sight & Sound, November 2010, Vol. 20 Issue 11, p38-40, 3p UC users only
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"Make Way for Tomorrow." In: Twenty best film plays, edited by John Gassner and Dudley Nichols. New York, Crown Publishers [1943] (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1887.A1 G32)

Man of La Mancha (Italy | USA, 1972)
Directed by Arthur Hiller. Cast: Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco, Harry Andrews, John Castle, Brian Blessed, Ian Richardson, Julie Gregg, Rosalie Crutchley, Gino Conforti, Marne Maitland. This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Based on the musical play "Man of la mancha" written by Dale Wasserman. 129 min. DVD X6165
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Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) (Italy, 2008)
Directed by Gianni Di Gregorio. Cast: Alfonso Santagata, Gianni Di Gregorio, Valeria De Franciscis. A middle-aged man living with his elderly mother finds the best way to pay for their debts is to take care of the building manager's mother during the biggest festival of the year. Soon he finds himself with not two but four mothers to keep fed and happy. Special features: "A visit with the cast": director and star Gianni Di Gregorio travels Rome to catch with the film's actresses; video interview with Di Gregorio; selected recipes of the mouth-watering dishes featured in the film. 75 min. DVD X4691
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El milagro de P. Tinto (Spain, 1998)
Directed by Javier Fesser. Cast: Luis Ciges, Pablo Pinedo, Silvia Casanova, Emilio Gavira, Javier Aller, Janfri Topera, Carlos Soto, Tomas Saez, Geman Montaner. An elderly man longs for a suitable heir to the Pinto family enterprise, a communion wafer factory, and his struggle to keep its contract with the Vatican ... unless he can make more money selling pizza and chicken. 105 min. DVD 9830
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The Mr. Magoo Show.(TV show)
Voices: Jim Backus, Dick Beals, Paul Frees. Animated television series featuring the adventures of a near-sighted old man, Mr. Magoo. Show 1: Military Magoo ; Base on bawls ; Thin skinned divers ; Mother's little helper ; Day at the beach -- Show 2: Ten strike Magoo ; Robinson Crusoe Magoo ; Magoo's Caesar solid ; This is the life ; Go West Magoo -- Show 3: Who's lion ; Soft shoe Magoo ; Fox pass ; Night club Magoo ; Mis-guided missile -- Show 4: Insomniac Magoo ; Beatnik Magoo ; Magoo's dog ; Fish 'n tricks ; Campaigner Magoo -- Show 5: Dangerous Dan Magoo ; Shotgun Magoo ; Lady in black ; Magoo's buggy ; Three's a crowd -- Show 6: Riding Hood Magoo ; Indoor outing ; Record breakers ; Magoo's jackpot ; Magoo's bear -- Show 7: High & flighty ; S'no ball Magoo ; South Pacific potluck ; Masquerader Magoo ; Fixit Magoo. Originally broadcast on television during the 1960s. DVD 8173

Mister Saturday Night(1992)
Director, Billy Crystal. Cast: Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Ron Silver, Jerry Orbach, Jerry Lewis. Story of a legendary comedian who nobody's ever heard of and his hilarious backstage climb-to-the-middle. Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself. 91 min. vhs 999:3819
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My Failing Eyesight (Rabun)(Maylasia, 2004)
Directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Cast: A. Rajoli, Irwan Iskandar, Kartina Aziz, Noor Khiriah, Hafiz Ibrahim. An elderly Mayalan couple move out of the city to a village, but this exuberant and affectionate pair find that life in the countryside isn't all that pleasant after all, forcing them to reassess their perceptions of both the country, and the city. 90 min. vhs 999:3622
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Der Nachbar (The Neighbor)(Austria, 1992)
Directed by Götz Spielmann. Cast: Rudolf Wessely, Dana Vavrova, Wolfgang Böck, Hana Cainer, Josefine Pilecky, Georg Tenkwitz. In an old Viennese suburb Rudolf Pawlik, an old man, lives a calm, content life, without excitement or danger. When his neighbour dies and new tenants move into the house, a new life begins for him. Herbert is a small time crook who lives with Michaela, a young Czech woman who is his girlfriend and his daughter Agnes. Pawlik hates Herbert from the first moment he sees him -- and falls in love with Michaela. His feelings for her become an obsession and the friendly old gentleman is ready to follow his feelings through to the very end ... only Herbert stands in his way. 91 min. DVD 7776
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No Surrender(UK, 1985)
Director: Peter Smith. Cast: Lamont Johnson. Cast: Ray McAnally, Michael Angelis, Avis Bunnage, James Ellis, Tom Georgeson, Bernard Hill, Mark Mulholland, Joanne Whalley, Elvis Costello. Three busloads of elderly pensioners descend on a seedy nightclub -- thanks to an invitation from a morbid practical joker. The situation is trickier than expected since the bar is in Liverpool, and one group are Protestant die-hards while the other consists of Catholics hard-liners. They fight a war of insults, missiles and songs which ends in a pitched battle in the men's toilets. 144 min. DVD 2597
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Nothing In the Dark(Twilight Zone, TV)
Director: Lamont Johnson. Cast: Gladys Cooper, Robert Redford. An old woman has fought with death a thousand times and has always won. But now she finds herself afraid to let a wounded policeman in her door for fear he is Mr. Death. Is he? DVD 2597
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Odd Obsession (Kagi) (Japan, 1960)
Directed by Kon Ichikawa. A blend of comic satire and drama, the film follows an elderly man's attempts to satisfy his younger wife. When "potency" injections fail, Mr. Kenmochi incites his own jealousy by orchestrating an affair between his wife and his doctor, who happens to be his daughter's fiance. 96 min. vhs 999:3512
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Allyn, John. Kon Ichikawa : a guide to references and resources Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1985. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.A3 I332 1985)
Kon Ichikawa / edited by James Quandt. Toronto : Cinematheque Ontario, c2001. (Main (Gardner) Stacks; PFA: PN1998.3.I332 K66 2001)
Mellen, Joan. "Kon Ichikawa." In: Voices from the Japanese cinema New York : Liveright, [1975] (Main; Moffitt; PFA: PN1998.A2 .M37 1975)
Young, Colin. "Odd Obsession." Film Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Winter, 1961-1962), pp. 53-54UC users only

The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Director, John Sturges. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Felipe Pazos, Harry Bellaver. An aging Cuban fisherman, alone in a small skiff, catches a magnificent marlin and must defy the sea, marauding sharks, and his own flagging strength to bring his great catch home. Based on the book by Ernest Hemingway. Special DVD features: Theatrical trailer, behind-the-scenes documentary: "Hemingway: the legend and the sea." 92 min. DVD X3579
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Awards
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actor (Spencer Tracy)

The Old Woman's Step (No Passo da Véia) (Brazil, 2002)
Directed by Jane Malaquias. "A celebration of life and family. An old woman on Brasil's seacoast has raised a chicken with care and attention. She walks all the way to town to sell it. She finds a buyer after several failures. Then she goes to a drug store to buy her grandson, who's a muscular hard-working and unmarried fisherman, a birthday present. The present she chooses, her slow walk home, his arrival from a day on the sea, and the giving of the gift complete the story. He showers and she sings." [IMDB] 15 min. DVD X1810

On Golden Pond (1981)
Director, Mark Rydell. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman, William Lanteau, Christopher Rydell, Troy Garity. Based on the play by Ernest Thompson. Shows the conflicts between three generations as the Thayers, a crotchety old professor and his wife, spend their summer together on a lake in New England. The couple agrees to mind their estranged daughter's boyfriend's child, while daughter and boyfriend go on a trip. The boy bonds with the old man in a way his daughter never did. Shows the terrors and graces of aging. 109 min. DVD X788
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Actor (Henry Fonda); Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture; Drama; Best Actor (Henry Fonda)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (Henry Fonda)

"On Golden Pond." In: Best American screenplays. First series : complete screenplays / edited by Sam Thomas ; foreword by Frank Capra. New York : Crown Publishers, c1986. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.A1 B36 1986)

Persistence
Directed, produced and written by James J. Cullinane. Henry is determined to keep a very important date: All this wheelchair-bound rebel must do is elude the nursing home's vigilant warden. 10 min. DVD 6344
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The Photograph (Indonesia | France | Netherlands | Sweden | Switzerland, 2007)
Directed by Nan Achnas. Cast: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indy Barends. Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of this poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another. 97 min. DVD X6055
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Picture of a Place (Tales of the Unexpected) (UK, TV, 1979)
Director, Giles Foster. Cast: Jessie Matthews, Bill Maynard. Merv Pottinger travels the countryside, telling unsuspecting elderly people that their valuable art treasure is fairly worthless and that he will do them a favour by taking it off their hands. However, when he meets Hazel, he thinks that he can get her to part with an Old Master for peanuts. In fact she is a far better confidence trickster than he is. Episodes from the British television mystery series inspired by the dark humor of Roald Dahl. DVD X2252

Rhapsody in August (Hachigatsu no kyoshikyoku) (Japan, 1991)
Director: Akira Kurosawa. A visit from her grandchildren and the discovery of a half-American relative causes an elderly woman to relive her memories of the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki. Based on the novel Nabe no naka by Kiyoko Murata. 100 min. DVD 2818; vhs 999:2963
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The Savages (2007)
Director: Tamara Jenkins. Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour. Two adult children of an elderly, cantankerous man must come together to care for their abusive father despite that fact they have not spoken to him or each other in years. 114 min. DVD X6793
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Schism (2008)
Director: John C. Lyons. Cast: Terry T. Smith, Don Kirsch, Ruth Thoma Andrews, Richard Ropp, Jacqueline Johnson, and Charmalene Ulmer. After a hip injury as a result of a fall, Neil Woodard enters a nursing facility unhappy with the changes occurring in his life. Initially uncooperative and insistent that he will return home once he recovers, he deals with the reality of no longer being a priority in his family's life, but discovers comfort and friendship in the residents and staff. However, he soon learns that all may not be as it seems. Told from the perspective of the afflicted, this is the story of one man's descent into Alzheimer's. 69 min. DVD X4704
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The Shop on Main Street (Obchod na Korze) (Czechoslovakia, 1965)
Directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos. Cast: Jozef Kroner, Ida Kaminska, Hana Slivkova. In 1942, Tono and his wife are struggling because of his antipathy towards the fascist regime. His brother-in-law, the local fuehrer, chooses Tono to oversee a button shop owned by a sweet, harmless Jewish widow, Mrs. Lautman. When the Jews are ordered deported, the well-meaning Tono decides to shield her from the Nazis. 128 min. DVD 5514; vhs 999:864
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Awards

Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film; Best Actress (Ida Kaminska)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Foreign Language Film

Saperstein, Jeffrey. "'All men are Jews': tragic transcendence in Kadar's The shop on Main Street. Literature/Film Quarterly; Vol.XIX nr.4 (Oct 1991); p.247-251

Sin salida(2006)
Directed by Aymada Sayeeda Clarke. Cast: Altagracia Guzman, Michael Billingsley, Alexandra Laudo. After her solitary and baleful prayers, a stern old woman leaves her apartment for the laundromat leaving behind a young boy. At the laundromat, she's importuned by a young woman who questions her sharply about a man in the old woman's past. Back in her apartment, a young couple talks in the bedroom. Is all of this in the old woman's head? Is she reliving her past, from which there is no escape? Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 14 min. DVD X7370
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Spectre (Regreso a Moira) (Spain, 2006)
Directed by Mateo Gil. Cast: Juan Jose Ballesta, Natalia Millan, Jordi Dauder, Victoria Mora, David Arnaiz, Adrian Marin, Jose Angel Egido. An elderly man returns to his home town, having left the country in his youth. During the course of his homecoming, we see flashbacks to his past and learn of his love affair with a woman branded a witch by the deeply religious locals. However, all is not as it seems and his jealousy and infatuation set into action a course of events that come back to haunt him years later... 75 min. DVD X477
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The Storekeeper(South Africa, 1998)
Directed by Gavin Hood. An elderly man owns a small, isolated general store, somewhere in rural South Africa. After suffering a series of burglaries, which culminate in the murder of a night-watchman, the Storekeeper finally takes the law into his own hands - with tragic consequences. 22 min. DVD 5803
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The Straight Story (1999)
Directed by David Lynch. Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton. Based on the true story of 73-year-old Alvin Straight who embarks on a dangerous and emotional journey to make amends with his 75-year-old brother Lyle before his brother dies. Alvin can no longer drive a car because of his eyesight and has to walk with 2 canes, but he climbs aboard his 1966 John Deere lawnmower and drives the 260-mile course from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wis. 112 min. DVD X1773
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Strangers in Good Company(Canada, 1990)
Directed by Cynthia Scott. A drama concerning seven elderly women who band together for survival when their bus breaks down in rural Quebec. 21 min. Video/C 4664

de Arellano, Annette B. Rami; Nevins, Andrea. "Multicultural images of aging: Four international films." Gerontologist, Jun92, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p431, 2p UC users only
Marchessault, Janine. Writing feminist histories: "The Burning Times" and "The Company of Strangers." Cineaction, Winter 1990/91, Issue 23, p70-73, 4p
Russell, Catherine. "Mourning the Woman's Film: The Dislocated Spectator of The Company of Strangers." Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'Etudes Cinématographiques, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 25-40, Fall 1994
Stukator, Angela. "Hags, Nags, Witches and Crones: Reframing Age in The Company of Strangers." Canadian Journal of Film Studies/Revue Canadienne d'Etudes Cinématographiques, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 51-66, Fall 1996
Stukator, Angela. "Pictures of Age and Ageing in Cynthia Scott's The Company of Strangers." In: Canada's best features : critical essays on 15 Canadian films / edited by Eugene P. Walz. Amsterdam : New York, NY : Rodopi, 2002. (Main (Gardner) Stacks and PFA PN1993.5.C2 C35 2002)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim. A harsh look at Hollywood in which an aging silent-movie queen makes a tragic attempt to return to stardom. 110 min. DVD 1476; vhs 999:182
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Awards & Honors
Golden Globes - Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director; Best Actress, Drama (Gloria Swanson)
National Board of Review, USA - Best Film; Best Actress (Gloria Swanson)
National Film Registry Selection

The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Directed by Jim Sharman. Cast: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith, Carol Arthur, Rosetta Le Noire, F. Murray Abraham. Two feuding vaudeville comedians who toured the country for 43 years as The Sunshine Boys are reunited after years apart to make a television commercial. Based on the play by Neil Simon. Special features: Commentary by Richard Benjamin, featurette The lion roars again, theatrical trailer. 111 min. DVD X3756
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Awards
Golden Globes, USA - Best Picture - Musical/Comedy

Tatie Danielle (Auntie Danielle) (France, 1990)
Directed by Karin Albou. Cast: Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty, Neige Dolsky, Eric Prat, Laurence Février, Gary Ledoux. A cantankerous, demanding, manipulative malcontent who must be waited on hand and foot methodically torments everyone around her in this biting comedy about not aging gracefully. When she moves in with her great nephew, it doesn't take long for the entire household to realize that taking in Auntie Danielle was a big mistake. 108 min. PAL, region 4 DVD X3923
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That Evening Sun (2009)
Directed by Scott Teems. Cast: Hal Holbrook, Raymond McKinnon, Walton Goggins, Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston. Fleeing the retirement home where his son abandoned him, Abner Meecham sets out to reclaim his beloved Tennessee farmstead, only to find it's been leased to an old enemy, the volatile Lonzo Choat. After Abner intervenes to protect Choat's daughter from her drunken father's abuse, events spiral toward a startling, violent climax. Based on the short story "I hate to see that evening sun go down" by William Gay. Special features: Director's anti-commentary; "That Tennessee Sun-- ", the making of "That evening sun"; the art & craft of "That evening sun"; cast & crew interviews; trailer. 109 min. DVD X4728
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Tickets (Italy / UK, 2005)
Directed by Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach. Cast: Carlo Delle Piane, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi [ep.1]; Silvana De Santis, Filippo Trojano, Carolina Benvenga, Marta Mangiucca [ep.2]; Martin Compston, William Ruane, Gary Maitland, Blerta Cahani, Klajdi Qorraj [ep.3]. In this anthology film, an elderly businessman finds solace and a new insight into life when he meets a younger woman who arranges his train ticket after his flight is canceled. A young man is torn between an older woman who controls him and a younger one that attracts him. And three Scottish youths on their way to the football match of their dreams are forced to open their eyes and see the bigger picture when they meet an Albanian family. In each case, the train journey changes the course of all their lives. 134 min. DVD 9989
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Tokyo Story (Tôkyô monogatari) (Japan, 1953)
Director, Yasujiro Ozu. A deceptively simple tale of an elderly couple who journey to Tokyo, where they are received less than enthusiastically by their grown-up children; then generational conflicts are stilled--momentarily--by death. 134 min. DVD 2050; vhs 999:409
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The Trade-ins(Twilight Zone, TV)
An installment of the television program Twilight Zone (episode 96, April 20, 1962). Director, Elliot Silverstein. An elderly couple hopes to transplant their personalities into youthful artificial bodies but they can only afford one body. DVD 2608
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Travels with My Aunt(1972)
Directed by George Cukor. Cast: Maggie Smith, Alec McCowen, Lou Gossett, Robert Stephens, Robert Flemyng, José Luis López Vázquez. Aunt Augusta, a spirited woman of indeterminate years, sets off on a series of European adventures with her stodgy, middle-aged nephew Henry. The once shy Henry is transformed into a virile, vibrant man while his aunt shows him the stylish, graceful lifestyle of her swindling, smuggling and hustling schemes. Based upon the novel by Graham Greene. 109 min. DVD X7117; vhs 999:3895
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George Cukor bibliography
Lippe, Richard. "Travels with my aunt: romanticism and aging." CineAction. 50 (Annual 1999) p16-19. UC users only

True Story(2006)
Directed by Stephanie J. Via. In this short film an elderly woman remembers a tragic childhood moment. 3 min. DVD 7163
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The Two of Us (Le vieil homme et l'enfant) (France, 1967)
Directed by Claude Berri. Cast: Michel Simon, Roger Carel, Paul Preboist, Luce Fabiole, Alain Cohen, Charles Denner, Jacqueline Rouillard, Marco Perrin, Aline Bertrand, Sylvine Delannoy, Zorica Lozic, Elisabeth Rey, Didier Perret, and featuring the children of Biviers and St.-Vincent-de-Mercuze. A Jewish boy living in Nazi-occupied Paris is sent by his parents to the countryside to live with an elderly Catholic couple until France's liberation. Forced to hide his identity, eight-year-old Claude bonds with the irascible, staunchly anti-Semitic Grampa, who improbably becomes his friend and confidant. Special features: "Le poulet" (1962), director Claude Berri's Oscar-winning short film; new video interviews with Berri and actor Alain Cohen; interviews from 1967 with Berri and Michel Simon; excerpt from "The Jewish children of occupied France," a 1975 French talk-show segment featuring Berri and the woman who helped secure his family's safety during World War II; original theatrical trailer; plus a booklet featuring a new essay by critic David Sterritt, an appreciation of the film by Francois Truffaut, and excerpts from Berri's memoir. 87 min. DVD 8264
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Umberto D. (Italy, 1952)
Directed by Vittorio De Sica. Cast: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto. The film shows postwar renaissance in Italy after a period of chaotic economic conditions and the emergence of a new spirit of "neorealism". Umberto D., an elderly man, lives alone on a small pension, and tries to maintain his dignity and hold onto his dog, the only thing in the world that he loves and that loves him back. 89 min. DVD 1800; vhs 999:188
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Loong Boonmee raleuk chat)
(Thailand | UK | France | Germany | Spain | Netherlands, 2010)
Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Cast: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee. A unique tale of a man embracing life's greatest mystery. Choosing to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside, Boonmee is visited by his dead wife as a ghost, and his lost son as a strange hairy beast with red glowing eyes. They've come to guide him to his final resting place, a cave where his first soul began. With a wry sense of humor and a humanist spirit, it's a magical tale of reincarnation, karma, and nature. 113 min. DVD X6068
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United We Stand (De beste går først) (Norway, 2002)
Directed by Hans Petter Moland. "Nine octogenarian leftists arrive at the trail head for their annual trek through the woods, rucksacks on their backs. They sing songs of solidarity as they walk, single file, through the forest. Well into the wild, they hear shouts. They investigate and find a young woman mired in a bog. They find a solid patch of ground leading toward her and let up a rescue line: they pull her from the mud, and with hardly a word of thanks, she resumes her hike. The men take in her youth and the beauty of nature. They pause. They sing. As the sun sinks slowly on the horizon, it is not alone." [IMDB] 9 min. DVD X1810

Up (Pixar Studios/Walt Disney Pictures, 2009)
Directed by Pete Docter. Voices: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo, Jerome Ranft, John Ratzenberger, Elie Docter, Jeremy Leary. Carl Fredericksen is a 78- year-old curmudgeon who used to enjoy his modest life as a balloon seller when his adventure-loving wife Ellie was still alive. When she died, Carl was left with his memories and the awareness that they never made their dream journey to Paradise Falls in South America. So one day Carl ties thousands of balloons to his house and sets off on an adventure, not realizing Russell, and overeager Wilderness Explorer, is on his front porch. Bonus features: Dug's special mission (all-new short); Partly cloudy (theatrical short); The many endings of Muntz (alternate scenes); Adventure is out there. 96 min. DVD X2415
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Awards

Academy Award - Best Animated Feature
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Best Animated Feature
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards - Best Animated Feature
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Golden Globes - Best Animated Feature
National Board of Review, USA - Best Animated Feature

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Un Señor Muy Viejo Con Unas Alas Enormes) (Spain / Cuba /Italy, 1988)
Directed by Fernando Birri. Amid the debris of a Columbian cyclone lands a man whose seemingly miraculous anatomy attracts the curious and devout from around the world. Silent and disheveled, this fantastical"creature" is housed in a chicken coop as onlookers wait for his heavenly message which turns out to be a very mixed blessing. Based on a story by Gabriel García Márquez. 90 min. vhs 999:488
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Waking Ned Devine (UK / France / USA, 1998)
Directed by Kirk Jones. Cast: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt. When Ned Devine dies from shock after winning the lottery, two longtime friends, Michael and Jackie, discover the body and agree Ned would want them to benefit from his good luck. They embark upon an outrageous scheme to claim the ticket, but first they have to get all the townsfolk to go along with their plan. 91 min. DVD X1766
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What Shall We Do with Our Old? (1911)
Directed by D.W. Griffith. Cast: W. Chrystie Miller, Claire McDowell, George Nichols. An elderly carpenter is told by a doctor that his wife is seriously ill. Soon afterwards, an insensitive shop foreman lays him off from his job because of his age. Unable to find work, and with his wife's condition getting worse, he soon becomes desperate. 89 min. vhs 999:3392
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Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Directed by Robert Aldrich. Cast: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Marjorie Bennett, Anna Lee. An aging ex-vaudeville child star initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled sister, a former movie-queen of the 1930's. 132 min. DVD 4072
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When Angels Fall (Gdy spadaja anioly) (Poland, 1959)
Directed by Roman Polanski. A church bell chimes. An old woman stops to feed pigeons on her way to work in the men's lavatory in the basement of a public building. She sits all day by the lavatory door as little dramas play out -- of illness, assignation, and routine -- a few tips her only acknowledgment. The sound of footsteps on the floor above her brings a reverie of her youth, when she was a beauty, the day a platoon of soldiers marched into her valley. As the day in the basement proceeds, she completes a set of memories that takes her from passion to maternal love to rejection and tragedy. Could there be more awaiting her on this day of remembering the fruit of her womb? [IMDB] 21 min. DVD 1935 disc 2

White Angel (Beyaz melek)(Turkey, 2007)
Directed by Yilmaz Güney. Cast: Ali Sürmeli, Arif Erkin, Bilge Zobu, Cezmi Baskin, Cihat Tamer. An old and ill Kurdish man named Ahmet visits Istanbul to receive medical treatment. Overwhelmed by the medical procedure, he runs away and sits on the steps of an old people's home to rest. The inhabitants of the home invite him inside thinking that he has been dumped there by his children, just like all the other old people in the home. When Ahmet's sons locate and retrieve their father, Ahmet invites them to his east Anatolian village in Diyarbakir. The journey of this interesting group of people is not only a voyage from the urbanized, west of Turkey into the rural east, but a journey back to long forgotten ideals of family unity and co-operation, where the elderly receive the traditional care and respect from the young which has diminished in urban society. 118 min. DVD X5903
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Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) (Sweden, 1957)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand. A distinguished professor emeritus who lives alone with his housekeeper can only come to terms with his egocentricity by traveling back in time to his earliest youth, finding there the seeds of his failure as husband, lover, father. This film deals with the phenomena of old age wherein childhood memories return with ever-increasing clarity while great stretches of the prime of life vanish into obscurity. 93 min. DVD 1065
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Cohen-Shalev, Amir. "The effect of aging in dramatic realization of old age: The example of Ingmar Bergman." Gerontologist, Dec92, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p739, 5p UC users only

Youth Without Youth (USA | Romania | France | Italy | Germany, 2007)
Director, Francis Ford Coppola. Cast: Tim Roth, Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, André M. Hennicke, Alexandra Pirici. Romania is on the brink of war with Germany and linguistics professor Dominic Matei has little left to live for. On Easter Day 1938, he crosses the street and is struck by a bolt of lightning. Badly burned and nearly dead, he amazes the doctors by healing in only a short time. He defies science and ages in reverse from 70 to 40. There's seemingly no limit to the wonder and love he can find in his new youth. He pursues lost dreams, endless knowledge and the secrets of life until his secret is discovered. Now he must use his increased intelligence to keep his powerful secret safe from the wicked powers that would use it for evil. Based upon the writing of Mircea Eliade. Special features: Commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola; "The making of 'Youth without youth'"; "The music for 'Youth without youth'"; "'Youth without youth': the makeup." 125 min. DVD X4244
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