We have a giveaway! First off, many thanks to followers outside of South Florida where we are based. We know you are a dedicated bunch, but this contest is only for those in South Florida or those who will be in South Florida this coming Sunday. We promise to have a giveaway for out-of-town followers soon.

The Coral Gables Art Cinema has generously invited one of our subscribers and a guest of their’s to see the Robert Altman classic Nashville restored for its 40th anniversary for 2K digital cinema projection. Making the screening even more special, Geraldine Chaplin will be present to introduce the film and entertain questions after the screening at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 25. She played a key role in the movie as Opal, a celebrity-obsessed reporter who acts as surrogate for the audience in the musical that offers a snapshot of the Nashville music industry on the even of the United States’ bicentennial.

Chaplin went on to work with Altman for several more films but also appeared in films by such notable directors as David Lean, Carlos Saura, Alan Rudolph, Alain Resnais and Pedro Almodovar. The contest is as follows

  1. Be a subscriber (RSS, email, follow blog, Twitter, Facebook, whatever)
  2. Be in the Miami area in Sunday, Jan. 25
  3. Name your favorite film featuring Geraldine Chaplin in the comment section below (her name links to her IMDB page for a refresher)

One winner will be chosen at random. Contest will close at Friday at midnight.

Oh, and in case you are wondering, she is related to Charlie Chaplin. She is his daughter. Find more information on the Nashville screening and Doctor Zhivago, a day earlier, below in the press release from the Coral Gables Art Cinema. This is a giveaway for Nashville screening for one day only on Sunday afternoon.





*50th anniversary screening of Doctor Zhivago in 2K Digital Cinema Projection

*40th anniversary screening of Nashville in 2K Digital Cinema Projection

*In Person Q&As with Geraldine Chaplin following the films


*Showtime for Doctor Zhivago is: Sat. 1/24 at 1:00 pm

*Showtime for Nashville is: Sun. 1/25 at 1:00 pm


Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables; parking on-site in covered garage


Tickets for Doctor Zhivago and Nashville are $11.50 and under and are available for purchase at the box office and on the Cinema’s website at


One of the most distinguished actresses of our time, Geraldine Chaplin, will celebrate on succeeding days – Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25 at the Coral Gables Art Cinema – the 50th anniversary of David Lean’s Doctor Zhivago and the 40th anniversary of Robert Altman’s Nashville, respectively. Both lovingly restored landmark epics will be followed by Q&A’s with Ms. Chaplin immediately following their one-time only 1:00 pm screenings.

Doctor Zhivago – 50th Anniversary

Restored to its original splendor, Doctor Zhivago can now be fully appreciated as David Lean’s last great film; an awe-inspiring epic of the Russian revolution as reflected in the lives of those who adapted or were crushed.

Geraldine Chaplin as Tonya Gromeko in Doctor Zhivago

It’s a film of daunting real-life grandeur unlikely to be equaled in the pared-down era of computer animatronics. Omar Sharif (in his second starring role for Lean) is the titular medic caught in the throes of war and social upheaval. He is flanked by an all-star cast featuring, in alphabetical order, Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay, Alec Guinness, Ralph Richardson and Rod Steiger. In its day, Time magazine celebrated Chaplin’s screen debut noting that “a striking resemblance to her father may be somewhat more than skin-deep,” and concluding that Zhivago “reaches that level of taste, perception and emotional fullness where a movie becomes a motion-picture event.” Richard Schickel added: “It succeeds, in the last analysis, because of the perfection of visualization by Lean [who] with careful, conscious artistry, has created the visual equivalent of Boris Pasternak’s novel.” The source novel itself – an international bestseller – was banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, twenty-eight years after Pasternak’s demise. Doctor Zhivago went on to win 5 Oscars, including Adapted Screenplay (Robert Bolt), Cinematography (Freddie Young) and Original Score (Maurice Jarre). Adjusting for inflation, it is the eighth highest-grossing film of all time and will reach Broadway – as a musical – in the spring.

Nashville – 40th Anniversary

One of the greatest films from the decade of American Film’s renovation – the seventies – is also, in the words of Pauline Kael, “the funniest epic vision of America ever to reach the screen.” Robert Altman’s restored masterpiece is a backstage musical drama centered around a political campaign in the music capital of America on the eve of the Bicentennial (“We must be doing something right / To last 200 years”).

Scott Glenn as Pfc. Glenn Kelly and Geraldine Chaplin as Opal in Nashville

It’s a snapshot of the country in the wake of the Vietnam War and Watergate, prescient of the perils of a celebrity-obsessed society. In an ensemble cast of two dozen featured characters (including Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, Keenan Wynn), everyone’s a standout and some were encouraged to write and perform songs, most notably Carradine, whose “I’m Easy” went on to win the Golden Globe and Oscar. Chaplin’s faux BBC correspondent was nominated for a Supporting Actress Golden Globe (along with Blakley, Harris and Tomlin). Critical acclaim was immediate and rhapsodic. Andrew Sarris called it “the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel.” The NY Times’ Vincent Canby wrote: “It’s a film that a lot of other directors will wish they’d had the brilliance to make.” Roger Ebert confessed “… after I saw it I felt more alive, I felt I understood more about people, I felt somewhat wiser. It’s that good a movie.”

Doctor Zhivago and Nashville are stand-outs (she was honored with Golden Globe nominations for both) in an international career that has spanned five decades and almost 150 films. Nashville marked her first of three collaborations with director Robert Altman.

Omar Sharif as Dr. Yuri Zhivago and Geraldine Chaplin as Tonya Gromeko in Doctor Zhivago

She would go on to star in three additional films with Altman disciple Alan Rudolph (most notably Remember My Name). Her twelve year partnership with Spain’s Carlos Saura yielded nine films including Cría Cuervos. She has worked twice with France’s Alain Resnais and Jacques Rivette, twice with England’s Richard Lester on his popular Musketeers tandem and twice with Spain’s Juan Antonio Bayona, including The Orphanage in 2007. Her filmography includes James Ivory’s Roseland, Michel Deville’s Le voyage en douce, Claude Lelouch’s Les Uns et Les Autres, Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, Franco Zefirelli’s Jane Eyre and Pedro Almodovar’s Talk to Her.

Ms. Chaplin received her third Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for playing her grandmother, Hannah Chaplin, in Richard Attenborough’s biography of her father, Chaplin, and a lifetime achievement award from Spain’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2006. She appeared for the first time onscreen as a little girl in the opening scene of Charles Chaplin’s 1952 classic Limelight.

Geraldine Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth child of Charles Chaplin and the first of his eight children with his fourth and last wife, Oona O’Neill. Her maternal grandfather was American playwright Eugene O’Neill. She has two children, Shane (by Carlos Saura) and Oona (by husband Patricio Castilla).

Busier than ever at age 70, Ms. Chaplin won the Best Actress award at the last Chicago Film Festival for Sand Dollars; Pascal Thomas’ comedic thriller Valentin Valentin just opened in France; and Guy Maddin’s typically quirky The Forbidden Room will be unspooling at Sundance later this month.

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And here are three reasons to see Nashville from the Criterion Collection:

Hans Morgenstern

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So, a few weeks ago, I was hanging on the telephone waiting for Temper Trap’s frontman Dougy Mandagi (pictured above, center) to get on the phone. I was told he was in the shower, he was coming down the elevator and I got … bassist Jonathon Aherne (pictured above, far right). One would think, dang! But, no. Aherne was generous and insightful. The resulting profile was published in this week’s “Miami New Times.” Read it by jumping through the logo of the “Miami New Times” music blog:

Yes, the story focuses a lot on “Sweet Disposition,” that song from my favorite film of 2009, (500) Days of Summer. But I was curious about the effect of such a popular hit on an indie band now releasing records on one of the largest of major labels in the world: Columbia Records, which is owned by Sony Entertainment. It doesn’t get bigger than that. The label’s rep listened in on our conversation and told us when to get off the phone, but that’s how it goes. It did not stop me from asking polite questions about the psychological effects of— to put it simply— selling out, and Aherne seemed to have a healthy attitude about it. The band loves having a song as recognizable as “Sweet Disposition,” and you can expect to hear it live on their current tour for their new self-titled album. “There’s nothing wrong with that because we want our music to connect with people, for people to enjoy it,” he said. So here’s that song, once again:

Finally, the contest…

Now you’ve heard the song again, visit Independent Ethos’ Facebook page (yep, that’s the live link) and share where you first heard the song.

The band continues its tour beyond Miami at these following dates:

10/19/2012 Atlanta GA Center Stage
10/20/2012 Orlando FL House of Blues
10/21/2012 Miami FL Grand Central
10/23/2012 St. Petersburg FL State Theater
10/25/2012 Fort Worth TX Ridglea Theater
10/26/2012 Houston TX House of Blues
10/28/2012 Austin TX Stubb’s

Hans Morgenstern

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I have decided to spread the word about Independent Ethos by creating a Facebook page. The social networking opportunities cannot be ignored by a former writer of magazine articles adapting to the brave new media.

But I herald this occasion embracing another aspect of the social network: the web-friendly giveaway. Last week, you might recall my brief post celebrating the unfairly beleaguered Modern English as one-hit wonders, as I shared another deserved-to-be-acknowledged hit: their first single “Gathering Dust,” which also revealed a whole other side the New Wave band’s sound (Modern English returns to Miami – here’s to hopes for encore of “Gathering Dust”).

Showing their support of this blog, the venue, Grand Central, is ready to give away a pair of tickets to one of those responding to this contest and can get to the venue in Miami. It’s simple to enter. First, like the Independent Ethos page on Facebook and share the name of your favorite one-hit wonder. There is no wrong answer. I’m leaving it to the gods of the Internet to pick the right answer via But you have to like on the new, supplemental Facebook book page for Independent Ethos and put your comments there (edit: contest closes tomorrow night [11:59 p.m.], as the show is the next day). Jump there through the FB logo below:

Hans Morgenstern

(Copyright 2012 by Hans Morgenstern. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.)