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April CinemaLit: International Coming of Age Films

April 12 - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), 125 minutes, directed by Ang Lee, starring Sihung Lung and Chien-Lien Wu.

Ang Lee’s affectionate, insightful and funny tale of a Taiwanese family casts a warm glow. Master chef Zhu is raising three motherless daughters, all on the brink of independent adulthood. Family ritual has the four of them gathering on Sunday night as Zhu prepares a sumptuous meal. One by one the daughters use the dinners as opportunities to make important announcements, and the family is transformed. Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Life of Pi) keeps the complex family dynamics in clear view, and by the film’s conclusion, we know more and care deeply about Zhu and his daughters.

April 2024 CinemaLit - International Coming of Age Films

CinemaLit is going international this month, with four films from four countries exploring coming of age and its universality. Each film movingly explores those moments when childhood is lost forever, leaving the protagonists to forge ahead in the adult world with uncertainty but heightened awareness and wisdom. Join us for Ida (2013) from Poland, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) from Taiwan, Girlhood (2014) from France, and The Way He Looks (2014) from Brazil.

Matthew Kennedy, CinemaLit’s curator, has written biographies of Marie Dressler, Joan Blondell, and Edmund Goulding. His book Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies. His most recent book, On Elizabeth Taylor: An Opinionated Guide, examines the screen legend's entire career.

I don't have a favorite film,” Matthew says. "I find that my relationships to films, actors, genres, and directors change as I change over the years. Some don't hold up. Some look more profound, as though I've caught up with their artistry. I feel that way about Garbo, Cary Grant, director John Cassavetes, and others."

Classic films have historical context, something only time can provide,” Matt observes. “They become these great cultural artifacts, so revealing of tastes, attitudes, and assumptions.”

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