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February 14, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
I had the good fortune of attending Towngate Theater's showing of "Get Low" on Friday evening. A generous crowd attended. My mom and two of my sisters in attendance referred to this phenomenon as "date night at Towngate." There were lots of couples there, perhaps an early Valentine's date. Anyway, the movie stars Robert Duvall , Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and others. It was fabulous. I think it could have been in black and white and still be good. It involved a hermit type-- Duvall-- who comes out of the woods after many years to plan his funeral party. The catch is that he wants to be there alive and in person. Anyone who has a story to tell about him can attend the funeral party. He also plans to raffle off his 300-acres of pristine woodlands at $5 a pop. When he dies, the winner takes the land. It's quite a quirky plot and Bill Murray, who plays the town's undertaker, adds his brand of humor to the picture even though it is a serious movie. The movie is set back in '30s, I believe, and the costumes are worth the price of admission. Spacek looked effectively charming in her suits and hats. Remember when women and men wore hats everyday, even in the summer? My dad did and I miss that. The movie also proves that you can go to the theater and see and hear something that doesn't make you cringe because of the language or gratuitous sex and violence. This was a drama but done in a way I could sit there with my mother and sisters and not be embarassed by any of it. Towngate brings so many wonderful movies and live performances to its screen and stages. We are lucky to have them in our midst to compliment our local theaters.
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