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The Last Letter

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The Last Letter

The Last Letter
Frederick Wiseman, 2002
Fri, May 2, 2003 7 PM
Sat, May 3, 2003 7 PM
Sun, May 4, 2003 2 PM

"An epic of the imaginationÛthe saddest and most beautiful of lullabies."--New York

Famed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman makes his first foray into fiction with the The Last Letter.
In a shattering solo performance by the legendary Catherine Samie of the Comedie-Francaise, The Last Letter dramatizes a letter sent from a mother to her son during the fall of the Ukraine to the Nazis. The haunting monologue is based on a section of Russian writer Vasily Grossman's novel Life and Fate. (61 mins.)

Beginning each program is the restored Jewish Life in Cracow, a fascinating artifact of pre-Holocaust Poland produced to encourage diaspora Jews to visit their homeland. (Yitzhak Goskind, 1939; 10 mins.)

Join us after the screening on Sunday, May 4, for a discussion led by Neil Jacobs and David Neal Miller of Ohio State's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.