The Last Letter

Film/Video

The Last Letter

The Last Letter

Frederick Wiseman, 2002

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

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.

Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

Reserve your tickets now for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, on view through Dec 31. Learn more about the exhibition.

Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

Learn more about the artists represented in Transfigurations at our dedicated website. (Educators will also find curriculum resources to support their K–12 classrooms.)