Ella Taylor http://wypr.org en 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus http://wypr.org/post/vivian-maier-brings-nanny-photographers-life-focus Is an artist's life relevant to her reputation as an artist? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 10733 at http://wypr.org 'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus It's Either Art Or A Fire Hose, And We're Calling It The Latter http://wypr.org/post/its-either-art-or-fire-hose-and-were-calling-it-latter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuOfpsz9MoM</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 10370 at http://wypr.org It's Either Art Or A Fire Hose, And We're Calling It The Latter A Teen On The Hunt, And Maybe In Over Her Head http://wypr.org/post/teen-hunt-and-maybe-over-her-head Feared and feared for in equal measure, today's teenagers are prisoners of pop and punditry. Branded as bad seeds or delicate flowers, they take shape in the public mind as either neglected or overprotected by their parents, abused by or abusive of the Internet, oversexed or terrified of sex. Is coming of age the pits, or what?<p>Filmmaker Eliza Hittman doesn't shy away from such labels, or from the extremity of the teen years. But she wants to get inside the subjective particularities of the experience, as felt by a fragile 14-year-old. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 10364 at http://wypr.org A Teen On The Hunt, And Maybe In Over Her Head Sex, Smokes, And Deneuve On The Move http://wypr.org/post/sex-smokes-and-deneuve-move Unhinged by crises both monetary and amorous, a provincial Frenchwoman tells the employees at her restaurant, "I'll be back." Then she takes off in her ancient rattletrap with no escape plan beyond an illicit smoke and a drive to clear her addled head. Turns out she'll be gone a while.<p>Yes, there's a road movie in Bettie's cards. Yes, there will be formative ordeals. And yes, the payoff will be uplift, along with one of those toothsome <em>al fresco</em> country lunches where Mediterranean types wave their arms around and argue in friendly fashion.<p>But that payoff will be hard won. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 10018 at http://wypr.org Sex, Smokes, And Deneuve On The Move A Legacy Of War, Hitting Home Decades Later In Norway http://wypr.org/post/legacy-war-hitting-home-decades-later-norway Decades after the end of World War II, the partly burned body of a young woman was found in a wooded area near the Norwegian town of Bergen. Her possible connection to a long-simmering Norwegian scandal, one dating back to the war, became the subject of a novel by Hannelore Hippe — and, in turn, of <em>Two Lives</em>, a new thriller loosely based on that novel.<p>The movie, from German filmmaker Georg Maas, speculates indirectly on the woman's identity through another character — Katrine, a middle-aged wife, mother and grandmother with a comfortable life in a scenic Norwegian coast town. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 9361 at http://wypr.org A Legacy Of War, Hitting Home Decades Later In Norway Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist http://wypr.org/post/adult-world-quirky-coterie-assist <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbBSR1o6li4</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:33:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 8724 at http://wypr.org Into An 'Adult World,' With A Quirky Coterie To Assist The Holocaust Recalled, Again, Through The Eyes Of 'The Unjust' http://wypr.org/post/holocaust-recalled-again-through-eyes-unjust With a running time of more than nine hours, Claude Lanzmann's monumental 1985 documentary, <em>Shoah,</em> was never destined to become a mass audience draw. But this sober, taxing, utterly absorbing attempt to document the Holocaust grows ever more essential precisely as our collective memory is increasingly eroded by the reductive shorthand of emaciated bodies or piles of shoes discarded by concentration-camp inmates as they went to their terrible fate. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 8375 at http://wypr.org The Holocaust Recalled, Again, Through The Eyes Of 'The Unjust' On Campus, Two Weary Souls Find A Spark To Kindle http://wypr.org/post/campus-two-weary-souls-find-spark-kindle Long after many another serviceable movie premise has gone to its grave, the brief encounter will live and be well.<p>Talk about an unbeatable package: Nothing more urgently captures the disappointment of lives congealed by routine than does the sudden midlife romance; nothing so pointedly speaks to the undying desire for completion by another who understands and accepts us as no one else does; nothing so completely resounds with the fantasy of escape. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 8056 at http://wypr.org On Campus, Two Weary Souls Find A Spark To Kindle Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart http://wypr.org/post/moving-through-middle-age-song-her-heart The Chilean matron at the heart of the wonderfully unsettling comedy <em>Gloria</em> looks like any ordinary woman confronting the familiar dilemmas of late middle age. For other reasons, though, you may feel as though you've met her before.<p>The film's director, Sebastian Lelio, is up to all kinds of mischief, the least of which is Gloria's abundant hairdo and outsized spectacles, which give her a slight but unmistakable resemblance to Dustin Hoffman in Sydney Pollack's beloved 1982 comedy, <em>Tootsie</em>. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:02:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 7722 at http://wypr.org Moving Through Middle Age, With A Song In Her Heart Love And Struggle In The Shadow Of The Third Reich http://wypr.org/post/love-and-struggle-shadow-third-reich Knee-deep already in collective scrutiny of its painful World War II history, Germany wades in up to its own neck with a viscerally unsparing drama — originally a TV miniseries — set to screen in two parts in selected U.S. theaters.<p><em>Generation War</em> tracks five jaunty young childhood friends as they prepare to scatter from a Berlin bar in 1941 to do their bit for the Thousand Year Reich. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Ella Taylor 7345 at http://wypr.org Love And Struggle In The Shadow Of The Third Reich