A poignant memoir of family, grief and resilience about a young man, his dynamic mother and the '80s movies they shared together
Michael Koresky's most formative memories were simple ones. A movie rental. A mug of tea. And a few shared hours with his mother. Years later and now a successful film critic, Koresky set out on a journey with his mother to discover more about their shared cinematic past. They rewatched ten films that she first introduced to him as a child, one from every year of the '80s, each featuring women leads.
Together, films as divergent as 9 to 5, Terms of Endearment, The Color Purple and Aliens form the story of an era that Koresky argues should rightly be called "The Decade of the Actress."
Films of Endearment is a reappraisal of the most important and popular female-driven films of that time, a profound meditation on loss and resilience, and a celebration of the special bond between mothers and their sons.
“Anytime I’d arrive from wherever I was living to Philadelphia, where I’m from, there was always this moment of visceral comfort at the exclamation of joy in my mother’s voice even before I stepped across her threshold. This book reconstitutes all of that warmth, love, and familiarity. Only, with an ingenious addition. This is simultaneously the story of Michael Koresky’s life with the woman who raised him, the story of her life, and a fragrant rumination on her movie memories and cinematic counterparts. Koresky allows the movies to evoke old feelings as well as expand our understanding of a bygone filmmaking priority: tremendous women, tremendously human women. More than once, I wiped my eyes and concluded that they don’t make ’em like they used to. That should change.” —Wesley Morris, Critic at Large, The New York Times
"A spellbinding journey through the cinema of the 80s and its remarkable female protagonists as seen through the eyes of a mother and son. Leslie, the New England working woman and mother who instilled a passion for movies in her child, is no less remarkable in her way than the heroines of Working Girl, 9 to 5, Aliens, or The Fabulous Baker Boys. Superb evaluations of the films lead seamlessly into portraits of family life, reflections on loss and secret yearnings, that are a testimonial to the way films nourish and connect us."—Molly Haskell, author of From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies
- Publisher : Hanover Square Press; Original edition (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335773797
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335773791
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 0.93 x 9.2 inches
All copies are new and signed by author Michael Koresky.