Cinema: Of Time and the River

Coming to terms with bravery and tomfoolery


Directed by Bruce Beresford

Screenplay by Alfred Uhry

It is the season when movies are ablaze with self-importance, urging us to contemplate, through various fictive metaphors, the great issues of our time. And, by the way, to spare some kindly thoughts for the high-mindedness of their makers and their worthiness for Oscar nominations.

Such a metaphor is available in Driving Miss Daisy. If you look hard, you can find in this account of the 25-year relationship between Daisy Werthan (Jessica Tandy), a genteel Southern, Jewish matriarch, and her black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), a microcosmic study of...

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