Saturday, February 01, 2020

Little Women

Late Saturday afternoon, Sharon and I saw Little Women at the Country Club Cinema. This is part of our continuing effort to see all of the Oscar nominated films. I have now seen all nine of the movies nominated for Best Picture. Sharon saw the film in early January with Tom.

Little Women is a coming-of-age period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig. It is the seventh film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The film stars Satires Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep.

At the 92nd Academy Awards, Litte Women received six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Pugh), and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was chosen by the American Film Institute and Time magazine as one of the top 10 films of 2019.

This is a well done film with excellent performances by an all-star cast. I couldn't stop wondering why Gerwig chose this as her next project. She could have made anything. I would love to hear an explanation of why she chose this project. I don't expect it to win any Oscars.

A number of random things ran through my head while watching the movie.
  • How do you keep from burning down a wooden house when using a bunch of candles?
  • I am planning to write a book when I retire. I can't imagine reading a book with a ink pen and paper. I have gotten to the point over the last forty plus years that I can only write looking at a screen with my fingers on a keyboard.
  • Even in the 19th century, the process of publishing a book was extremely laborious (setting the type, etc).
  • My ex-wife is the youngest of four sisters roughly 12 to 15 months apart. Based on the stories I heard, they had a much different set of dynamics...

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