French movie 'Diving Bell' packs historic theater

Redding native Kathleen Kennedy brought her internationally acclaimed movie "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" to the Cascade Theatre on Saturday night.

The place was packed to the rafters. Which is where we sat, having gotten last-minute tickets after I read the background story on We saw a lot of our friends up there, in fact, most of the members of my Short Notice Supper Club. I don't want to say we're all last-minute-Louies, but it's starting to look that way.

Cascade General Manager Jeff Darling seemed a little surprised but very pleased by the heavy turnout, which stacked up about $15,000 for the theater's endowment fund.

"For a French art-house movie?" he said. "With subtitles? About a paralyzed stroke victim who communicates with one eye?"

Yes. And it was a great story. Could we have more? Pretty please?

Kennedy was interesting and gracious in the Q&A afterward, even to the dumbass who demanded to know why she had to go all the way to France to make a movie when so many people (veterans?) are out of work in this country.

"Well, it's a true story," she told him gently, "and it happened in France."

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