Exploring the “film memoir” at the National Gallery

Beginning tomorrow (Sunday, May 24), the National Gallery presents three very different, but wonderfully rich film
“memoirs
.” The best of them (May 31 at 4:30 p.m.)  is Agnes Varda’s The Beaches of Agnes, certainly one of her finest films, if not her masterpiece. It’s a complete delight and even though there’s a good chance that next Sunday will be warm, sunny and lovely, carve out two hours and don’t miss this film. Really. Don’t miss it. And don’t miss Guy Maddin’s year-old “My Winnipeg,” a slightly cracked memoir of place (May 30 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). Rounding out the series is “L’Aimee,” a slower, more introverted and painful film, but deeply touching for anyone thinking about the death of a parent (May 24 at 4:30). I wrote up the series in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post.

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