Magazine article The Christian Century

End of an Era

Magazine article The Christian Century

End of an Era

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A journey into maturity is the focus of a traditional coming-of-age film, Antonis Kokkinos's End of an' Era. It's about a group of high school seniors who, in a politically repressive period under Greece's last military dictatorship, attempt to stage Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, in what they hope will be a subtle rebellion that only the discerning will recognize. School authorities are not fooled and the rebellion does not succeed, but there is growth nevertheless, both political and personal, for the students.

Personal growth is not confined to the young, as Paul Newman demonstrates in the role of Sully in Nobody's Fool. Directed by Robert Benton, Nobody's Fool is a portrait of a 60-year-old man who has failed at everything he has tried to do. He has, however, won the intense loyalty of three residents of his small town: his landlady, (played by Jessica Tandy, in one, of her final roles); a rather dimwitted sidekick; and the wife of his boss, whose banter with Sully is both sexy and provocatively innocent.

Sully conducts a steady battle against intimacy. …

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