Moonlight Letter

MOONLIGHT

OSCAR WINNER

BEST PICTURE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR- MAHERSHALA ALI

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - TARELL McCRANEY, BARRY JENKINS

a film by Barry Jenkins

1 hour, 50 minutes  Rated R

 

Return engagement begins Friday March 3, 2017

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October 29, 2016

Dear Fellow Cinephile,

Every once in a while a movie presents itself as so uniquely exquisite, intelligent, complex, layered, challenging and geared clearly to the moral mind of an adult that one fears that no one will see it.  How many cutting edge great art films are there that did not get seen?  The purpose of this letter is to overcome that condition and to suggest that one see Moonlight as a moral imperative that is unforgettable and will grow in the mind long after one views it.  Simply, it is a transforming experience.

Among the 300 movies from 70 countries shown in 10 days at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) there was one like no other in recent memory: Moonlight. Moonlight had the most electric advance buzz of all at Toronto.  The demand to see it was so great that TIFF scheduled additional screenings to meet the public pressure. Each screening concluded with a tumultuous and heartfelt ovation. The creators and cast of Moonlight appeared for a talkback at one screening and at times were so moved and choked up with tears in relating the meaning to them of making Moonlight that they were unable to finish their sentences Click here to watch this unmissable interview.

We then presented Moonlight on a mid-October morning to a full house of our Sunday Cinema Club members. It is rare when I receive letters from our clientele who feel the need to put down in writing what they felt about seeing one of our movies. Among those letters one wrote,

"Wow what a film! I found the plot and the dialogue incredibly moving, thought provoking and the editing and cinematography were outstanding.  The film is still with me.  I was so taken with emotion, after the film, I couldn't shake it for hours.  What an incredible experience to have a film effect you not only emotionally but physically.  I read books, I go to plays, but it is hard to find the right one, the right story that really grabs your attention and changes your life."

Throughout Moonlight's many reviews one word pervades: "masterpiece!" But the best quote also came from one of our Cinema Club members; a quote that one would expect a great critic to have written, "I feel as if I went to another planet and saw myself."   This is the point about Moonlight and what makes it such a compelling movie.   Written, directed, edited, acted and shot by an African-American creative team (and one Brit), Moonlight has us seeing ourselves in and identifying with the most unlikely characters from whatever race, age, sexual orientation, class and cultural background from which we come.   Moonlight miraculously strips back all labels imposed on us by society.   Ultimately it is a movie about humanity; our search for human connection, love and identity.   That is its power and that is author Tarell McCraney's and director David Jenkins' gift to us. There has never been a movie like it.   I never said that before.

Arnold Gorlick
Madison Art Cinemas

Click on the link below (or copy to your browser) for the full Terry Gross (Fresh Air) interview with Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney on NPR.
http://www.npr.org/2016/10/22/498808675/fresh-air-weekend-moonlight-creators-mary-olivers-upstream-black-mirror

Click on the link below (or copy to your browser) for the full PBS Charlie Rose interview with director Barry Jenkins and the Moonlight cast.

https://charlierose.com/videos/29406?autoplay=true

 

"A GAME CHANGER AND FLAT OUT MASTERPIECE"
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"TIMELY AND TIMELESS, BARRY JENKINS' BREATHTAKING FILM CASTS ITS EYE UP TOWARDS SOMETHING TRANSCENDENT"
- Vanity Fair

"BRILLIANT AND ACHINGLY ALIVE. UNLIKE ANYTHING THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON THE SCREEN BEFORE"
- The New Yorker

"MOONLIGHT IS MAGIC. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOVIE FOR A LONG TIME"
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"RADICAL, REVELATORY. AS BEAUTIFUL A MOVIE AS YOU ARE LIKELY TO EVER SEE"
-
AO Scott, NY TIMES

"A PIECE OF ART THAT WILL TRANSFORM LIVES LONG AFTER IT LEAVES THEATRES"
- Playlist

"A MASTERPIECE. WE LEAVE THE THEATER AS DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAN WHEN WE CAME IN"
- Rolling Stone

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