Here are two noteworthy events happening on the Columbus film scene this weekend:
-The Wexner Center's Film/Video Department presents Luchino Visconti's THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO) tonight and tomorrow evening. This is the same restored cut featured on Criterion's beautiful DVD set. The film looks fabulous on DVD, but I can't wait to see what this is like on a big screen. It's not to be missed.
-With the Buena Vista juggernaut behind him, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki's PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY received wider distribution in the US than any of his previous works. His latest, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE, opens in Columbus this weekend. As with the other Miyazaki films, the Disney folks have dubbed the voices to make the animated features more accessible. While I have little to no use for dubbed films, I'll give credit where it's due. Much care has gone into the dubbed versions--these aren't cheap rush jobs--and more families are likely to see these wonderful films if they're in English. Both the dubbed and subtitled versions have been included on the DVDs, which should satisfy everyone except for the hardliners.
The good news for purists is that the Drexel Theatre in Bexley requested a subtitled print, which, as I understand it, can be seen at the first and last showings of the day.