THE WHALES OF AUGUST
1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.


CHERRY 2000
1987, Park Circus, 99 min, USA, Dir: Steve De Jarnatt

Melanie Griffith plays a female variation on Mad Max in this post-apocalyptic story of a hired killer who takes on psychotic criminals in a robot warehouse. John Ford stalwarts Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr. costar, giving this futuristic Western added street cred.


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