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Peege is an award-winning 1972 short student film, written and directed by Randal Kleiser, about a family's visit to an elderly relative in a nursing home. The film was named to the National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress in December 2007.
"Your laugh would always make me happy," the young man whispers to his aged grandmother, Peege, who, now blind and helpless, seems to be awaiting death. This touching, poignant film portrays a family's Christmas visit to their grandmother, a patient in a nursing home, and their sense of despair and isolation as they struggle vainly to communicate. But when other family members leave the room, the grandson stays behind, touching her hand and her hair and reminiscing about Peege as a laughing, fun-loving person. The young man leaves, tearful and unsure whether he penetrated her dark loneliness. Director Randal Kleiser's camera, deftly lingering on her face, delivers the subtle yet clear answer. This award-winning film stars Bruce Davison and Jeanette Nolan, and was produced by David Knapp and Leonard Berman. 28 minutes, color. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary by: Director Randal Kleiser & Actor Bruce Davison Audio Commentary by: Dr. Robert Yahnke Professor of Film & Gerontology at the University of Minnesota 4 Photo Albums Real to Reel Behind the Scenes Publicity Peege Premiere English Subtitles Digitally Remastered From Original Film Elements The Columbus Film Festival: Chris Award Nat. Council on Family Relations Film Competition: Top Honor Media & Methods Recommended Citation: Maxi Award TEAM Film Award Competition: Best Film in Family Counseling Related Title: Portrait of Grandpa Doc Grade Levels: 7 to Adult direct link to purchase video: www ...
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