Letters to Tuvia Y3/#sol18 4/31: Oscar Prep!


Afternoon T and Slicers,

I’m just back from a trip into New York City to support my niece, Leigh for her 5th Climb for MS up 66 flights of stairs to the Top of the Rock. Remember, when I tried this climb a few years ago and stopped half way up on the 33rd floor, and you Tuvia, were relieved and made me promise not to attempt it again.  I’m still following your advice and listening to my heart.

Last night, in search of inspiration for tonight’s evening of Oscars, I found my way back to Call Me by Your Name.

Now that I own a copy of the film I enjoyed a perk last night.  I watched an annotated version of the film with narration provided by Timothee Chalamet (son) and Michael Stuhlbarg (father) and as I watched I tried to  freeze the frames that made me love this piece.  I stayed with them to the end, getting to know them as actors and men and even though they didn’t offer insights into some of the most meaty scenes, I loved their ability to illuminate my understanding of this creation..  Throughout their conversation about the cast and crew, the history of the film, their moments of inspiration and pride I grew to love this story even more.

Everything about this film makes me want to live in Northern Italy as  member of the Perlman family:  The villa, the town, the food, the family and friends, the rivers, the dancing, the coffee, the natural beauty, the summer… the music, the relationship between the family, the new lovers…

everything about this film brings me joy…

Tuvia, I think you would have enjoyed the film but once, maybe the annotated version as well would have been enough for you. But you would have understood my obsession, I think.

I’ll miss you tonight…

Bonnie S.



6 thoughts

  1. I’m still following your advice
    and listening to my heart,
    pausing for a second,
    to let my world restart.
    I slip the movie in,
    close my eyes to dream.
    Imagine all that we would say
    if you were here with me.

    — Line-lifting from you to give you a poem as gift of comment, my dear friend.
    PS — I often think of you when the Academy Awards roll around because of your love of film.

  2. What a treat for you to savor this movie and then love it even more. I have not seen it (which is true about most of the movies out). I wish I had a movie life like you, but somehow something always prevents me from taking the time. I’ll be thinking of you as I watch the Oscars, knowing that you are watching too. i doubt I will see the end of the show.

  3. I’m not a fan of these annotated versions of films, but when we get a kids movie that has the bonus features, my children love them as much as the movie. They can tell you all about the vultures in Jungle Book!

  4. I don’t really know you but know of your love of film,,,so as I sit here reading slices….I’m thinking about you and the power of film to show us what we have not yet experienced.

  5. One of the nice things about owning a film is that you get to watch it whenever you want and relive the emotions the film brought out in you the first time you saw it. Enjoy the Oscars.

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