Apr 6, 2014 · 6:00 PM
A Single Man 2009
Stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore.
Directed by Tom Ford.
In January, we watched a biography about Christopher Isherwood and his partner and their mid-century life in Santa Monica. In 1964, Christopher wrote a story based on his experience as a celebrated writer finding his way in the California college system. The result was A Single Man. The short story was published, but lay dormant until 2008 when high-profile gay NY fashion designer, Tom Ford, decided to turn it into a movie. But who would want to see it? –unless it starred, say, Colin Firth and Julianne Moore? They both said yes, so the movie was financed, made and released. Serious cinephiles regard the “dinner scene” between Firth & Moore as one of the all-time great scenes in American films.
If you lived in L.A. in the 60’s and 70’s you will feel a strong connection to the cinematic re-creation in this movie. The “single man” presented here is not single by modern standards but a partnered gay man who has to play that role for professional reasons. George is fully in love and happy with his partner, Jim, …until a shocking twist of Fate ends that wonderful life and ejects him into another one he’s totally unprepared to cope with.
As directed by Tom Ford, the movie falls into the 'art film' category, dwelling a lot on symbolic imagery. Some of that sympolism involves underwater scenes of nude men - so you'll probably won't mind.
Please arrive at 6:00p for drinks, snacks & socializing followed by Chinese food dinner (with vegetarian choices). Wine brought by guests is always welcome.
$10 donation for dinner & soft drinks
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