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Claire (2001) (Full B&W)

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Claire, director Milford Thomas' debut effort, makes use of a cinematic style reminiscent of the silent film era of the 1920s. With the help of an antique, hand-cranked 35 mm camera, this black-and-white featurette is loosely based on a traditional Japanese fairy tale. When rural domestic partners Joshua (Mish P. DeLight) and Walt (James Ferguson) pine for a child of their own despite the conservative nature of the 1920s South, they are shocked to discover a baby being "born" from a cornhusk in their barn. By morning, the baby has grown into a silver-haired young woman. Claire (Toniet Gallego), in addition to her awesome rate of growth, cries luminescent tears and has an uncanny ability to read from any text put in front of her, regardless of the language. This ability attracts the attention of the town busybody, Miss Earwood (Anna May Hirsch), who insists that Claire travel overseas for a first-class education. The mysterious young woman sees no reason to leave her fathers, however, and realizes that her supernatural gifts mean that her stint on Earth is a brief one -- a goddess of the moon, Claire must eventually go back "home." ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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"An uncompromising work of art." -- Stephanie Argy -- AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER August 2002

"Claire has magic and wonder to spare." - Jeffrey M. Anderson -- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER June 13, 2002

"A radiantly universal, bittersweet myth." - Dennis Harvey -- VARIETY July 30, 2002

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Product Details

  • Actors: Toniet Gallego
  • Directors: Milford Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2014
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This 21st century artifact conjures the start of the previous one amazingly. It captures so much of the B&W silent era so wonderfully - including the flickery thing that came from uncertain film and development back then. Faces, features, and gestures take the place of effects and voice, and add a delightful ambiguity - what are they really saying, doing, thinking?

But it's not a 1900s story, The family is one that's always existed, but only lately has taken on legitimacy as "family." Makeup and gestures aren't true to that era, and importing a Japanese myth into American culture would never have been considered. I don't know the original Kaguyahime, but I've seen at least one other rendering - different beyond belief, and even more abstract. It's not a long flick, under an hour, but very moving. This one isn't for every audience, and I'm not sure just how to define the audience I imagine it for.

But, if you don't need to follow and anticipate every detail, if you can throw yourself into a different style of visual storytelling, and if you can blend images across generations as other blend cocktails, you'll love it.

-- wiredweird
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I saw this at the Maryland Film Festival with the live orchestra. Even my 2-year-old daughter was enthralled. I'm SOOOO glad it's available on DVD now. Simply stunning and luminous, reminiscent of the work of F.W. Murnau. A truly unique re-creation of a lost art. With an estimated 90% of the original silent films now believed to be lost, we need more people to step up to the plate and make movies like this! I have long had a fantasy of being in a silent film myself; the nearest I can manage is an opera with a heroine that recalls that era -- Google "passion of persephone"
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Claire is a black and white silent movie that plays with an orchestra performing a score written for the film. It was made with an antique hand-crank Mitchell Standard movie camera using techniques available to filmmakers of that era. It's a retelling of a Japanese Faery Tale -- in this version, a gay couple, living in the Appalachian mountains prays to the moon for a child and the moon sends them one made of moonlight who can heal and grant wishes, but not without causing herself damage. She must return to the moon from whence she came. My friends Sister Soami DeLight is one of the stars, and as he is male nun, he is something of a ham actor anyway -- which was perfect and glowed within a media that required the actors to tell their stores without words, just with their physicality.

Claire is a marvel and a delight.
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Unique idea, well-executed, screened with an original score performed live by an orchestral group which makes it that much more emotional, charming and touching. Shot on, I believe, a hand-crank 1920's (?)camera for the most part (or perhaps entirely). Even if it weren't so absolutely compelling and interesting to watch and listen to, the story itself is so charming, uplifting, enlightening, if not a bit heartbreaking, that it alone deserves to be experienced. Loved it, and would see it again live in a heartbeat if it were to come back to town. Bought the dvd. It won several awards, I believe, in one of the San Fransisco film festivals, and I expect is the first of many great films by Milford Thomas. He is a director with a natural talent for both creative film-making and strikingly touching visual storytelling.
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