As much fun as the first act of “Napoli!” is, it’s somewhat surprising that Eduardo de Filippo’s WWII tale about the moral sacrifices necessary for survival in times of war has been revived today at the American Conservatory Theatre. It’s not that the “every-man-for-himself” mentality the characters start to espouse is outdated, but the preachy and patriarchal way in which the play makes its points, by having the father be the moral center who must correct the wrongs of his ambitious but short-sighted wife, is distasteful to modern audiences.
The Daily’s Arts Editor, Alexandra Heeney, gives us the rundown on some of best flicks this year at Sundance. From a whimsical comedy with talking animals and Ryan Reynolds to an indie-pop musical written and directed by the lead singer of Belle and Sebastian, Sundance provided quite the array of cinematic treats.
When I walked out of the final screening of “Stranger by the Lake” at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the man sitting behind me remarked, “So, watching soft-core porn at TIFF. That’s a new experience.”