With the style and grace of Katharine Hepburn, the smoky wit and wisdom of Dorothy Parker, and her own personal philosophy 'rise above it' Mimi is truly an iconic American original rising above the mundane and difficult confines of her dailylife to reach for the stars and fulfill her dreams.
Jyll Johnstone, Canobie Films. Although both well-to-do families lived in New York during the post-war baby boom years and adhered to the common practice among the affluent of hiring help, each chose a very different woman for the job. Martha, a German immigrant trained as a baby nurse, stressed cleanliness and discipline. Ethel, on the other hand, was a natural who lavished affection and listened carefully to the needs of the brood she raised. The film is beautifully structured, using headings to introduce us alternately to each nanny and her respective family.
The contrasts provide a non-judgmental framework, allowing us to make up our own minds about the childrearing choices made and the impact they had on individual lives. Working primarily in porcelain and ceramic table-ware, Eva Zeisel's pioneering work introduced her trademark sensuous curves to mass-production. With over plus years in the field Ms.
Zeisel is one of the best-selling tableware designers of all time and her highly-collectable designs have literally changed the face of modern design in the 20th century. Stephen Talbot, Sharon Tiller. But Japanese craftsman and businessman Morimoto found the craft in danger of disappearing after decades of violence. When a United Nations mission in the s led Morimoto to Cambodia, he met a few of the weavers.
Many of the women were in their 70s and 80s and living in remote villages across the country - they were the only ones left who knew the secrets of the craft. In , starting with seven 'silk grandmothers,' as the women came to be known, Morimoto set up a silk production studio in the town of Siem Reap, which lies on the main tourist route to Angkor Wat. As well as being the second oldest person living in London, England she is more significantly the world's oldest survivor of Hitler's holocaust.
As might be expected Alice is rather unique. Living entirely alone in a tiny private purpose built apartment block she spends hours each day at her piano, practicing beloved Bach and Beethoven, for she was once a renowned and celebrated concert pianist performing to enthusiastic audiences throughout central Europe.
But of course, all of that was before… before the 'lights went out all over Europe' and the continent was plunged into years of misery and bitter conflict…Alice survived through music… Still today, she speaks with great pride and passion of playing more than concerts inside the concentration camp and she likens that experience, both for the performers and their imprisoned audience as being close to the divine. Alice is unequivocal in stating that music preserved her sanity and her life, while bringing hope into the lives of countless others.
To this day Alice never tires of saying; 'Music saved my life and Music saves me still. Yelena Demikovsky, Red Palette Pictures. He was the principal dancer of many established European ballet companies and hailed as "the most sought after male dancer in the world" by Ballet magazine in the 50s. She was a principal dancer in France and a born teacher.
In , Briansky's meteoric career was cut short by injuries. Soon after, the couple relocated to New York and established the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, one of the most distinguished summer ballet academies in America and abroad.
Piano music from ballet class weaves throughout the film as the score of their lives. The documentary honors these two people whose personalities have complemented each other a couple that continues to work and is still vibrant with creativity, curiosity and humor. In an intimate and often hilarious portrait, Mary, a fiercely independent woman, dispenses homespun wisdom in a series of unflinching conversations with her persistent and equally outspoken grandson. As she divulges family secrets and rivalries, Mary confronts her own mortality with candor and courage while remaining the rock on which the rest of her family relies.
Broken Hill was a tough mining town in those days and Olive, a tough girl. When her first husband cheated on her, she left him without a qualm, her three kids in tow. It is the finding of Emma's long-lost grave that finally brings some balm to that old wound. Viewers were drawn to the unquenchable spirit, the life force of this blunt old lady, and came away strangely moved, looking ahead to their own distant years with new and more hopeful eyes.
Shona Devlin, Ali Russell. She shares her secrets to finding luck in life and looking back.