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RENOIR: Cedar Lee/Gusto Little Italy and Guest Marian Bleeke, Art History Prof.


This film, about the two Renoirs (father and son) and a beautiful model, was the hot ticket at CIFF! Only a lucky few got to see it and later, everyone that I talked to, raved about it!


To make this meetup even more special, Marian Bleeke has agreed to lead the discussion at the restaurant. Most of us know her as a lively member of our group and the object of our envy when she gets to spend extended periods of time in France—strolling through the streets of Paris, viewing art and taking cooking classes---all under the guise of “work”!

Here is some additional info about Marian that you may not know:

Marian Bleeke earned her PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago and is Associate Professor in the Art Department at Cleveland State University. Before coming to Cleveland, she taught at Beloit College, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. Her scholarship has been published in the journals Art History, Studies in Iconography, and Women's Art Journal.

This promises to be a fun, interesting evening and I hope you can join us!

4:20PM MOVIE at the Cedar Lee

Meet us in the lobby about 15 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket office.

6:45PM Food and drink/discussion at Gusto Little Italy --after the movie.

******If you cannot find us in the lobby of the movie theater after the movie, please go the the restaurant and ask the manager for the "movie group".********

12022 Mayfield Rd Cleveland, OH 44106

Yes, I know it's Italian--but we will have a room all to ourselves and the food is really good.

Parking available by the bridge or on the street.


Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.The elder Renoir is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy when a young girl miraculously enters his world. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. At the same time, Jean also falls under the spell of the free-spirited young Andrée. Their beautiful home and majestic countryside grounds reverberate with familial intrigue, as both Renoirs, père et fils, become smitten with the enchanting and headstrong young muse.



Marsha McCreadie, Village Voice:


Stephen Holden, NY Times:




Tips for improving the restaurant experience:

  • Let us know your dinner plans when you RSVP so that we can either save you a seat at the "Movie Group" table or plan to meet you at the movie.
  • Print out a map or enter the restaurant address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • We can't always split the checks so please bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • If you don't see us when you walk in, ask to sit with the "Movie Group".

The $5.00 yearly fee (or $1.50 for one movie) goes toward charges incurred for using the MeetUp website. You can access PayPal (see link in left hand column) or pay your fee to the Organizer at the event.

In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • Alex

    Very nice time. Thanks for arranging everything, Renu.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Renu

    The cinematography was beautiful, sensual---the characters and their dynamic was interesting. Thanks to Marian for some great info on this period --and to George for some wonderful show and tell. Thanks to all who came.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Carolina

    I thought the movie was just so-so. Marian Bleeke was very enthusiastic. The group was really too big for a meaningful discussion - at least at my end of the table. Carolina

    June 3, 2013

  • Karen

    Enjoyed the movie and the discussion afterwards.

    June 2, 2013

  • Jims

    Very French film. Enjoyed it quite a bit

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Superb movie and excellent discussion afterward. Thanks, Renu.

    June 2, 2013

  • Lesa


    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry.. Can't make it now.

    June 2, 2013

  • Amy

    thank you very much for organizing this and getting us all ingetting us all and

    June 1, 2013

  • Elise

    Renu, I am bringing a guest that I thought I signed up with me, if that is going to b a problem I guess someone else will b able to take my dinner spot

    May 30, 2013

  • Renu

    For those of you on the waiting list:

    Please be patient. Most probably we will have seats for you at the restaurant. The restaurant owner is figuring out a seating arrangement that will work. I should have confirmation by Friday-end of day.

    May 30, 2013

  • Chantal D.

    I would like to take the place of Elaine. The RSVP in closed. How do I alert you?

    May 29, 2013

  • Elaine S.

    Since I'm not going to dinner I can really see the movie any time on my own. I don't want to take a spot since so many are waiting.

    May 29, 2013

  • Vero G

    Saw the movie last saturday, I loved it, great atmosphere of south of France ...enjoy!

    May 27, 2013

  • David M.

    Saw the movie yesterday. Great film! Enjoy!

    May 27, 2013

  • Grace

    My mom will be here visiting, can't come :(

    May 26, 2013

    • Renu

      Completely understand--we'll miss you. Have a great time with your mom.

      May 26, 2013

    • Grace

      Will try

      May 26, 2013

  • Grace

    My mom will be here visiting, can't come :(

    May 26, 2013

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