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The Dying of the Light: Death in the Cinema - Maurice Pialat's THE MOUTH AGAPE / LA GUEULE OUVERTE

Anthology presents a selection of films that delve deeply and unflinchingly into the experience of death and dying and the impact on the living.

“Pialat’s third feature takes up a theme which, on the face of it, could not seem more uninviting: a middle-aged woman dying of cancer, and how this affects her husband and son. But what Pialat makes of this is so recognizable, embarrassing, and moving – even, on occasion, funny – that he more than justifies his use of a forbidding subject. He has ideas about how emotions involving sex and death are intimately related – and about the clarity and lack of it that they shed on everything else, as son and father each go lusting after every woman in sight. He has ideas about cinema, too, and an expressive style that can encapsulate a lifetime of memories in a single shot. Without a trace of sentimentality or easy effect, this seemingly semi-autobiographical work is as intense in its way as THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE, and unforgettable.” –Jonathan Rosenbaum

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