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The Elderly in Film

25 Firemans Street (Tuzoltoutca 25: almok a hazbol) (Hungary, 1973)

Director, Istvan Szabo. Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Rita Bekes, Andras Balint, Agi Meszaros, 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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

A Gathering of Old Men (TV, 1987)

Directed by Volker Schlondorff. 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.

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (Un Sei±or 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 Garci­a Marquez. 90 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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.

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.

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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. (b&w); (colorized) Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
See also:Frank Capra bibliography

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.

Autumn Spring (Babi­ leto ) (Czech Republic, 2001)

Directed by Vladimir Michalek. Cast: Vlastimil Brodskiy, Stella Zzvorkova, 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.

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