Monday, April 21, 2014

Not just the Marathon in Boston

Suddenly it seems that everything is happening at once in Boston.  A long dreary winter suddenly ended: last week we had bitter cold and a sprinkling of snow, this week sunshine, magnolias in full blossom, and daffodils shooting up.  The Boston Film Festival is also here, though not widely publicised.  We went to see an excellent documentary by a friend of daughter number one and her husband. The film, called "Finding Vivian Maier", is the story of John Maloof who happened to buy a huge tranche of old photographic negatives which turned out to be the work of an aloof eccentric who is shown to be a superb photographer who never exhibited her work and who died as she had lived in the deepest obscurity.  There were many delicious touches, including a linguistics professor who recited his academic credentials before pronouncing her French accent false, though as it turned out her mother was from France and she had spent long periods there.  I was left with the thought that even in this era a person can leave copious documentation over a long life, and still remain a mystery.  The film is making the rounds of the festivals, and is well worth seeing if it comes to a festival near you

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