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Monday, December 7, 2015

Vintage Screen

de bene esse: literally, of well-being, morally acceptable but subject to future validation or exception
The Rose Tattoo (1955) Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan.
An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period of years draws more and more into herself, trying to force her lovely teenaged daughter Rosa to do likewise. On one eventful day, Rose finally breaks away; Serafina learns of Rosario's affair with another woman; and a new carefree, handsome Italian truck driver enters her life...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner.
In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies, despite great poverty and Papa's alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and small troubles: Aunt Sissy's scandalous succession of "husbands"; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie's desire to transfer to a better school...if irresponsible Papa could get his act together.

Young Helen Keller, blind, deaf, and mute since infancy, is in danger of being sent to an institution. Her inability to communicate has left her frustrated and violent. In desperation, her parents seek help from the Perkins Institute, which sends them a "half-blind Yankee schoolgirl" named Annie Sullivan to tutor their daughter. Through persistence and love, and sheer stubbornness, Annie breaks through Helen's walls of silence and darkness and teaches her to communicate. Written by Christina Dunigan

The Miracle Worker (1962)

Directed by Arthur Penn
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