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(Posted September 18, 2019)

The reviews were mixed.
American Factory (Netflix) was the hit of the night, fascinating & troubling documentary about the difficulties of melding cultures when a Chinese company buys an American auto glass factory in Ohio. “Insightful”, saved jobs, resulted in less pay, a no union vote, looks like automation is the wave of the future. All ???? 
Blinded  By the Light – A true story of how the music of Bruce Springsteen changed the life of a Pakistani teenager in England – great visual use of the Springsteen lyrics particularly for those less familiar w/them. Well told, amazing to see discrimination on the one hand and the determination of the Pakistani father not to assimilate on the other (“We are Pakistani, not British”) . Good use of actual photos w/Bruce at the end .  Not quite as good as other “music” films we’ve seen recently ( RocketMan, Bohemian Rhapsody) but far better than others – and why are there so many films and documentaries about musicians and music these days?   5 ???? 1  ????
 Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Based on a novel of the same name, tells the story of a very successful award winning architect  (Cate Blanchett) who has largely withdrawn from society and engages in a strange (anti-social ? ) behavior. She leaves her family to escape her situation and reconnect with her passion.  Her family (more her daughter than her husband)  go to the ends of the earth to find her. Good acting by Blanchett and the daughter (Emma Nelson) but otherwise “mediocre, entertaining, implausible, ridiculous.” ???? 5 ???? 2

Material from, 18:11:42 September 18, 2021.
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