Award-winning silent film AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER calls "Uncompromising work of art." Shot on 1920s equipment, CLAIRE tells the story of an elderly male couple that adopts a girl from the moon. LIVE original soundtrack recorded June 26, 2002 at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. www.clairesilentmovie.com. (Proceeds from sale go to filmmaker. Filmmaker gets nothing from Netflix rental.)
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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.
Claire is a marvel and a delight.