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Foreign Film Golden Globe nominees to screen at American Cinematheque; season's greetings from Rod Serling

December 25, 2009 |  9:51 am


All five of the features nominated for a Golden Globe in the best foreign-language film category will be screened by the American Cinematheque from Jan. 11-15, followed by a special round-table discussion with the directors of each of the films on Jan. 16. Michael Haneke's Palm d'Or-winning "The White Ribbon" and Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet," which claimed the Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, will play at the Egyptian in Hollywood on Jan. 11 and 12, respectively, while Giuseppe Tornatore will introduce (schedule permitting) a Jan. 13 showing of his Pasinetti Award-winning "Baaria" at the Aero in Santa Monica. The Aero will also host Pedro Almodovar's Golden Palm-nominated "Broken Embraces" on Jan. 14 and Sebastian Silva's Sundance Jury Prize winner, "The Maid," on Jan. 15 (Silva is scheduled to introduce the screening, schedule permitting). The round-table seminar with all five Golden Globe-nominated filmmakers will take place on Jan. 16 at the Egyptian, and is free to the public. Here's an excellent way to narrow down your bets for which film will take the trophy at the Globes ceremony -- which, lest you forget, is Jan. 17.

And since it's Christmas, let's sign off on this post with a bit of rarely-seen holiday cheer from multiple Emmy-winner (as well as a Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winner) Rod Serling and his 1970-1973 series "Night Gallery." The show's tone hewed closer to the horrific than the speculative nature of his work on "The Twilight Zone," though on occasion, Serling's penchant for thoughtful drama was allowed to shine through. "The Messiah on Mott Street," which first aired on Dec. 15, 1971, is one such episode; in it, Edward G. Robinson (in one of his final screen performances) is an elderly man on the brink of death who clings to the notion that the Messiah will spare him from the Angel of Death and allow him to continue to care for his grandson. Robinson is, of course, marvelous, and he's ably matched by Yaphet Kotto as the most likely candidate for the Angel, and Tony Roberts as Robinson's doctor. You can ignore the second episode, "The Painted Mirror," with Zsa Zsa Gabor (ahem) and enjoy this lovely and lightly macabre nod to the holidays from one of television's masters.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: From "Broken Embraces." Credit: Universal International Pictures.

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