Nine Good Teeth (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Interpersonal Relationships, Social History  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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An entire century flashes before the eyes of filmmaker Alex Halpern's centenarian grandmother in a standout documentary filmed to trace the remarkable life of Brooklyn-born, Sicilian-American matriarch Mary Mirabito Livornese Cavaliere (aka "Nana"). When Cavaliere was but a mere child, a gypsy once prophesized that she would live to be ninety-six years-old. Now, with that landmark birthday rapidly approaching, Cavaliere's grandson Halpern assembles a whirlwind look at a life that has included everything from late night visits from Jack Kerouac to heartbreaking love-affairs and mysterious murders - all told through the vivid recollections of the very woman who lived to experience them. .

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archival-footage, celebration, family-history, family-secrets, grandmother, heritage, immigrant, Italian-American, life-story, matriarch, roots [origins], wisdom