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Grave Consequences

Dutch flick unearths splendor in cemetery art.

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Death doesn't always have to be a downer. In Heddy Honigmann's documentary, Forever, beauty and vivacity link the living to the dead. Set in Paris' famed Père-Lachaise cemetery — where Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and other luminaries are buried — the film focuses on commemorative graveyard art and sculpture. One man's creep-out is another's solace and inspiration: That's the gist. As Honigmann traces the steps of mourners and tourists alike, goth moviegoers should appreciate the seemingly morbid statues and headstones throughout the cemetery. They may also find that burial grounds aren't just for the dead, as families and friends leave behind flowers and notes for the departed. "I think that people put so much effort into art to commemorate life because the artwork outlasts the family," says Mary Krohmer, spokeswoman for Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery, which was patterned on the same model as Père Lachaise. "Monuments provide the beauty and history for generations." Forever screens at 7 tonight and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard. Tickets are $6 to $8. Call 216-421-7350 or visit www.clevelandart.org.
Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m., 2007

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