Movie: Avalon

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A Russian immigrant lives the American dream, good and bad. The attention to historical detail in the 40’s and 50’s Baltimore set is impeccable. Mr. Krichinsky arrives in 1916 and lives to see his son and nephew lay the foundations for K-mart, the exodus from the city to the suburbs, the impact of television on households, and finally life in a nursing home. Most of all it made me mourn the loss of storytelling in modern families. Where once everyone groaned when grandpa told the same stories over and over again we now watch re-runs on TV.

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