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Donald Larsson <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 18 Oct 1995 09:34:06 -0600
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Mikel Koven wonders:
"I am looking at (pseudo/quasi/semi) anthology films that deal with women
telling their stories, i.e. THE JOY LUCK CLUB and HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN
QUILT.  There is also the Canadian film THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS (US
title: STRANGERS IN GOOD COMPANY, or something like that).  Can anyone
think of any other titles?  I am especially looking for, as a point of
comparison, any films about men telling stories (hopefully with some sort
of visual recreation)?"
I still have not (sigh) seen it, but SMOKE should be at the top of your list
as soon as it is available.
TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942) is a set of stories, centered on a formal dress
coat; FLESH AND FANTASY (1943) is another anthology--both are mainly male-
centered.  So too is one of the best--IF I HAD A MILLION (1932).
There were a couple of anthology films from the French New Wave--RoGoPaG is
the most significant.  There's also SPIRITS OF THE DEAD, which offers
adaptations of three EA Poe stories by Vadim, Malle, and Fellini.
The fairly recent film that was set in the Plaza hotel and included bits by
Woody Allen and Scorsese might come close.  There's also a forthcoming film
centered on a hotel, with four stories by four directors.
I'm not sure if these kinds of "anthologies" are exactly what you're looking
for, though.
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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