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1990, dir. Barry Levinson; Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Joan Plowright, Elijah Wood (126 min.)
This film (the final chapter in Levinson’s semi-autobiographical Baltimore trilogy, following Diner and Tin Men) is not just a nostalgic film about the experiences of an immigrant family, but a film that addresses issues of nostalgia and memory. It tells the multigenerational story of how the Krichinskys became the Kays, navigated the move from inner-city row houses to the suburbs, and struggled to keep their old-world rituals alive in the face of modernization. The spectacular visual pictures painted by the older generation’s vivid stories gradually give way to the smaller – but more seductive – images of the new medium of television.
Avalon is being shown in conjunction with the IPRH symposium “Memory and the Visual.”