Cinema: Spring-Cleaning Rummage Sale

Four films of independent spirit and soft brains


Feminism marches on. In Violets Are Blue, it is the woman who leads a life of romantic adventure, the man who is stuck in the mud of middle-class responsibility, yearning not quite hard enough to fly free. She is Gussie Sawyer (Sissy Spacek), who has left Ocean City, Md., to become an ace photojournalist. He is Henry Squires (Kevin Kline), who has inherited his family's newspaper and the usual passel of burdens: wife, child, civic duties. They were lovers once, and become lovers again when she returns home for a vacation. Will he accept her invitation to join...

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