Double Feature on President's Day - Films in the Cape
Mon., Feb. 18th – 1pm - SYLVIA – R – 110 min.
Starring Gweneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig. In 1956, aspiring American poet Sylvia Plath meets fellow
poet Edward Ted Hughes at Cambridge, where she is studying. Enthralled with the genius of his writing,
Sylvia falls in love with him even before meeting him, and he quickly falls in love with her. They eventually
marry. Sylvia quickly learns that others are also enthralled with her husband, for a combination of his
good looks, charisma, fame and success. Sylvia lives in her husband's professional shadow as she tries
to eke out her own writing career, which doesn't come as naturally to her as it does to Ted. She also
suspects him of chronic infidelity. Both issues affect Sylvia's already fragile emotional state, she who
once tried to commit suicide earlier in her life. Through her pain and her anger, she does gain minor
success as a writer, with a completed semi-autobiographical novel and a few well received collection of
poems...Written by Huggo imdb.com
Mon., Feb., 18th – 3pm – ARTEMESIA – NC17 – 97 min.
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the
story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter Orazio Gentileschi. Her
professional curiosity about the male anatomy, forbidden for her eyes, led her to the knowledge of sexual
pleasure. But she was also well known because in 1612 she had to appear in a courtroom because her
teacher, Agostino Tassi, was suspected of raping her. She tried to protect him, but was put in the thumb
screws. That she was a woman painting in the 17th century and that she was raped herself and participated in prosecuting the rapist long overshadowed her achievements as an artist.