2002 - Color - 90 min.
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MARJORY’S DIARIES is a portrait of my (then) 94-year-old mother based on diaries she kept from 1924 to 1948. Marjory was an avid movie-goer and the video includes stills from more than 150 movies she saw between 1924 and 1948. These movies related to the tenor of the times, and in many cases, to the tenor of her personal life. Early photos of Marjory are intercut with images of her from some of the films I made in the 1960’s and 1970’s. There are also many photos of her mother, sisters, and brother, as well as my father Lew.
The story is personal. It tells of Marjory’s family relations. There are stories about boyfriends. There are stories about her husband. And she wrote about her husband’s problems with alcohol. And there are movies. From the mid-1920’s, Marjory saw 250 movies. She wrote about all of them. Sometimes, it’s just a comment about who starred in the movie, Myers said. ‘It’s kind of indicative of how influential movies were back then,’ regarding his mother’s references to films.