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What to watch on tv tonight

Alan Zweig

One of my favourite films of the festival is being aired on TVO’s “The View From Here” tonight at 10pm Eastern. I urge you to make time for it. Lovable is the third “first person” documentary director Alan Zweig has made. The first was Vinyl (about record collectors) and the second was I, Curmudgeon (about grouches)—neither of which I have seen but would love to.

Lovable is about the (sometimes difficult) search for love. On this subject, he interviews a whole slew of smart, funny, charming, interesting, single women who range in age from their twenties to their fifties and, as in the two aforementioned films, he addresses the question himself, too. I absolutely loved this film.

There is so much I want to say about Lovable—and the whole idea of “first person” documentary form itself—but I just have not had time to marshall all my thoughts and then write ‘em all down. But I wanted to make sure I posted this alert about tonight’s screening on TVO. And I will write more about the film later. (I also have a few other films I want to tell you about but, again, it may take a few days to find the time…)

I hope you will let me know what you think of Lovable!

*addendum*
It repeats on Sunday night at 10pm Eastern. And then next Wednesday & Sunday (same time), “The View From Here” is showing another film I enjoyed at the festival: Last Call At The Gladstone Hotel, which is about the fate of the fabled Gladstone Hotel (and the people who lived & worked there) in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.

→ originally published 2007-05-02

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