Gladys (1999)

Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Canada   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Shot over a four-year period with a High 8 video camera by veteran filmmaker Vojtech Jasny and produced by Rock Demers of Montreal, this documentary portrays one of the oldest and most charming citizens of New York City: century-old Gladys St. John Colegrove. In her apartment, surrounded by friends, Gladys is patiently waiting to be united with her two husbands but enjoying her life to the fullest while she has the chance. Her first husband died forty years ago and the second more than fifteen years ago. Gladys regularly communicates with them, particularly the first husband, who was the love of her life. She is a remarkable person who finds interesting things in daily routine. She is also a thinker and a mystic on matters of old age, the fear of death, and the question of eternity. Jasny who pioneered the New Wave of Czechoslovakian cinema in the early sixties, came to New York in the eighties to replace Milos Forman at Columbia University when Forman took a leave of absence to direct Amadeus. He made New York City his home. Gladys had its North American premiere at the 1999 Montreal World Film Festival.