March 22 & 23, and April 2, 2008

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Rated PG-13
112 minutes

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

March 22, 2008 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
March 23, 2008 at 10:00 pm in 26-100
April 2, 2008 at 10:00 pm in 26-100

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Celebrated painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabelís third feature finds him reaching new artistic heights with this audacious and personal biopic, based on the best-selling memoir of the same name. The film tells the remarkable tale of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), the world-renowned editor of French ELLE magazine, who suffered a stroke and was paralyzed by the inexplicable "locked in" syndrome at the age of 43. Baubyís only way of communicating with the outside world was by blinking with one eye, and after several dedicated helpers--a string of impossibly beautiful women (Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze, Olatz Lopez Garamendia, Anne Consigny)--helped him to speak through this seemingly irrelevant gesture, he began to produce the words that would form his memoir. Along the way, as he swam in and out of consciousness, memories from his past swelled into the present, resulting in a cinematic experience that is at once heartbreaking and hopeful. Schnabel somehow manages to convey Baubyís internal life with remarkable clarity, employing first-person perspective, striking cinematography (by the always great Janusz Kaminski), and Amalricís pained, life-affirming monologues. The result is a wholly original experience, a painful and tender portrait of a life that is made all the more exhilarating because of its close proximity to death. []

French, with English subtitles.

Sponsored by MISTI (MIT France).

The movie has done what those who've cherished the book might have thought impossible -- intensified its singular beauty by roving as free and fearlessly as Bauby's mind did.
      -- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal. Read this review.

2007 Academy Award Nominations: Best Director (Julian Schnabel), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay

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