T+L Reports: Travel Films
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T+L Reports: Travel Films

Two visually striking films set in epic landscapes hit the
big screen this spring. Don't Come Knocking (March) opens
with a classic shot of an aging movie star (Sam Shepard,
who also co-wrote the screenplay) riding through the Utah
desert. Director Wim Wenders's offbeat meditation on the
myth of the American West isn't all postcard images,
however. The hero's journey affirms the end of the frontier
days—Nevada is awash in casino neon, the streets in
the mining town of Butte, Montana, lie vacant—as well
as the enduring mystery of the region's wide-open spaces.
Meanwhile, the Ganges is the central character in Deepa
Mehta's Water (April 28), a Hindi-language drama set in
1930's India. The sacred waterway cleanses sin, claims the
dead, and symbolizes the political change springing from
Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, while a group of widows
fights a tradition that binds them to live as outcasts. The
river is also the setting for a midnight tryst in the
tangerine glow of prayer candles.

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