BAMBI
1942, Disney, 70 min, Dir: David Hand

Among the most beloved animated films of all time is this story of a young deer growing up to become the “Great Prince of the Forest” with the help of his friends, Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk. Though the film is family-friendly, source novel Bambi, A Life in the Woods was written for adults, and the book’s serious tone does come through in places (most famously in the off-screen death of Bambi’s mother).


HEIDI
HEIDI
2015, 105 min, Germany, Dir: Alain Gsponer

Johanna Spyri’s classic novel returns to the screen for a new generation in this German and Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Children’s Film. Sent to live with her gruff and solitary grandfather (Bruno Ganz) in the Swiss Alps, young orphan Heidi (Anuk Steffen) eventually wins the old man over. But just as Heidi grows to love her new home, she is taken away to Frankfurt to serve as a companion to a wealthy, wheelchair-bound girl (Isabelle Ottmann). Gorgeous Alpine vistas are contrasted with authentic depictions of era, underlining Heidi’s resilience and ingenuity in the face of bleak circumstances - this is a timeless story of remaining true to yourself, no matter where you might be.


MAX ROSE
2013, Paladin, 83 min, Dir: Daniel Noah

Professional pianist Max Rose (Jerry Lewis) takes pride in his long career but even greater joy in his marriage to Eva (Claire Bloom). He is devastated when she dies – and torn by doubt when he discovers an intimate gift from another man among her effects. Kevin Pollak, Mort Sahl and Dean Stockwell costar in this beautiful story of lifelong love, which features a score by Morgan Z. Whirledge and the song "Hurry Home" by Michel Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.


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