Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History book signing. Twenty-five or so contributors to History Journal #6 signing copies of "Pathways to the Past" for an hour and a half… successful event. My contribution, “Earthquake Collage.” One of the organizers calls me “Mr. Earthquake,” and the name sticks.
Conversation with Santa Cruz’ Bill Raney, founder in 1968 of a local institution*, the Nickelodeon movie theater. Bill says Herald & Maude and King of Hearts are The Two classic Santa Cruz movies. Show ‘em both on one program, Bill says, and he could count on filling the theater.
These days people tend not to turn out for foreign films, he says, and subtitles are a turn off. Raney sees a relationship between the decline of newspapers and “serious readers” and the falling away of audiences for foreign films.
Intrigued by the connection between Santa Cruz, the character of this place, and its taste in movies.
Make of it what you will, but Herald and Maude (according to Netflix) is an offbeat 1971 movie about a relationship between an older woman named Mause played by Ruth Gordon and a pre-teen rebel played by Bud Cort. The chemistry between the two is very strong...
King of Hearts (original French title: Le Roi de Cœur) is a 1966 French film set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As a German army retreats they booby-trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum* and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.
Causes Robert Sward Supports
Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...