One is new in theaters (how novel!) and the other kicks off a 14-week film course. What a time to be alive.
First, Armando Iannucci takes a classic and gives it a fresh spin:
Dev Patel stars as Copperfield. His name is a gift from his late father, a gift snatched from him by Edward Murdstone (Darren Boyd), a man Copperfield remembers as two eyebrows. Not that Mr. Murdstone doesn’t have eyes, it’s that the eyebrows are more important.Boulder Weekly Vol. 28, No. 2, “Great expectations.”
Personal History is littered with Copperfield’s illustrative phrases, the kind that makes magic the mundane: A boathouse — not a place to house boats or a boat with a house on it, but an overturned boat fashioned into a house. It’s where the lobster people live.
Iannucci retains the best, but gleeful kicks Dickens’ “whoms” to the curb. When a young Copperfield (Jairaj Varsani) tells the factory foreman he’s going to live with a man, “Whom I have yet to meet.” The kids rightfully ridicule him. “Whom?” One asks. “Where were you raised? Windsor Castle?”
Not feeling like venturing out to the theaters? Never fear, TCM has you covered with the debut of a new documentary, Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, and a 14-week film course to boot:
Women Make Film is not a chronological history, but a road trip through cinema’s forgotten past. The destination is the source of cinema’s Nile with Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda, Adjoa Andoh, Sharmila Tagore, Kerry Fox, Thandie Newton and Debra Winger as traveling companions through 40 themes of cinema discourse. What’s more, many of these themes focus on cinematic technique, proving that the female gaze is not limited to what we see but how we see it.“Home viewing: Women Make Film“
Each episode of Women Make Film will be introduced by hosts Alicia Malone and Jacqueline Stewart, who will also present a handful of movies in conjunction with that week’s episode. Some of these films are featured in the documentary; some are not, but fit each evening’s theme. If Women Make Film is a 14-week film course, then TCM stacks the syllabus with extra credit.