Presenting The Heir, part of A Rake’s Progress, the series of eight paintings by His Excellency William Hogarth, Outstanding 18th century British artist, social critic, pictorial satirist, printmaker and cartoonist. Hogarth, the pioneer of western sequential art, produced the canvases from 1732–33, then engraved and published them in print form in 1735. A Rake’s Progress charts the Excellent rise and the much less so fall of Tom Rakewell, the spendthrift son of a rich merchant, who heads to London where he chicly squanders his wealth on luxurious living, hookers and gambling. As a consequence, big spender Tom is ultimately locked up in the Fleet Prison and, finally, Bedlam, the notorious mental institution. In The Heir Tom has come into his fortune upon the death of his miserly father. While servants mourn, he is being measured for new clothes. He is also rejecting the hand of his pregnant fiancée, Sarah Young, whom he had promised to marry (she is holding his ring and her mother is holding his love letters). Ambitious Tom pays her off and moves on to more seemingly sophisticated others, but it is clear that she still loves him. Excellent karma takes care of the rest.
Presenting Everyone Else, German diector Maren Ade’s new film, starring Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger, and Hans-Jochen Wagner, in which a young couple’s relationship is pushed to the brink while vacationing in the Mediterranean. On the surface, Chris, a brilliant architect, and Gitti, a publicist for an unknown rock band, appear blissfully in love while enjoying the sun and sand of Sardinia. But as they spend more time together, their playful teasing and silly games begin to unmask hidden fears and desires. When they accidentally run into another, seemingly happier and more successful couple (another architect and his artist girlfriend), the tensions between them erupt. Everyone Else is the quintessential breakup movie, which means the kindnesses, cute gestures, and happily-ever-afters of a typical screen romance are replaced by pettiness, ugly slights, backbiting, and the kind of hurt that only the most intimate are capable of inflicting on each other.