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“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Finding Vivian Maier”

Admit it.

You’ve got them.

So do I.

What have we got?

Photos. Lots of photos. Too many photos. All tucked away in albums, envelopes full of negatives and prints from the drug store, trays of slides, boxes in drawers.

Kodak Photo Envelope
(Jay Phagan Flickr Photo)

Suppose during the days long before digital cameras had been invented you had taken just 24 photos (the smallest number on a canister of Kodak 35mm film) each year for 25 years. That would total 600 images.

But you would have undoubtedly shot ten or twenty times that many photos, or 6,000 to 12,000. And if the time span had been 50 years, you’d have created a collection of 12,000 to 24,000 pictures from the past.

But suppose that number was over 100,000, that they were amazing images, and hardly anyone knew that you had taken them?

Then you’d be Vivian Maier, a shutter-clicking nanny from Chicago who is the subject of a new documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier.

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“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

“The Noble Spirit” – Not Giving in to Death

Dying.

We’re all going to do it, but we really don’t want to think about it until our mortality catches up with us, forcing us to confront it.

When someone dies we ask “From what?” A common enough question today, but as Kathryn Schulz’ story, Final Forms: What death certificates can tell us, and what they don’t, in the April 7, 2014 issue of The New Yorker tells us, it has only been in rather recent times that the cause of death, rather than merely its occurrence, became important enough for society began to record it.

There are, of course, many ways “to go,” and most of us know someone, or someone who knows someone, who died from diseases such as cancer or heart attack that affect large numbers of the populace.

We normally don’t get to choose our life’s “exit strategy,” but nearly all of us would probably prefer to “die with our boots on” like heroes in a cowboy movie, or better yet, “in our sleep,” as quickly as painlessly as possible.

But few would choose to die from the disease that took the life of one of America’s most celebrated major league baseball players, Lou Gehrig.

And that includes Fred Noble, the subject of a new documentary film, The Noble Spirit.

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“Nebraska” Isn’t Not About Nebraska

“Nebraska” Isn’t Not About Nebraska

Nebraska (the movie) isn’t about Nebraska (the state).

Sure, it was filmed  in Nebraska, but also in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.

So it could just have well have been named after one of those other states of the union, or Nemowyosod, a meaningless word made up from letters found in the names of all four of them.

But unlike the majority of films reviews on Tales Told From The Road, Oscar-nominated Nebraska isn’t about “location, location, location!”

So what that heck is it about?

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