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Pioneer Valley filmmaker Robert Krzykowski offers home movie recommendations

For Pioneer Valley writer, producer and director Robert D. Krzykowski, movies watched at home are a “perfect escape” during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for social distancing.

“A great movie can transport you. It’s a shared dream, after all,” he said. “Since we’re obligated to protect one another by respecting these methods of containment, movies are a perfect escape. It’s a moment to discover some new stories that illuminate something meaningful about our world or ourselves. Or it can be much simpler than that. Movies make us happy.”

The writer and director of “The Man who Killed Hitler and then Bigfoot,” filmed in part in Turners Falls, grew up in Montague. He has a new project in development but doesn’t have a lot to say about it. “With all that’s happening in the world, it’s a precious moment to reflect on the important things,” he said. “Everything else can take a backseat for a moment.”

But he did take some time to recommend a series of films that focus on the unique experience of being human — searching for our place in the world. “We’re all doing a bit of that now, and movies have the power to connect us to an experience or an idea that can be profound when we let it in,” he said.

He offered three suggestions in each of three categories:

1.) SPIRITED AWAY (2001) Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece is a feast for the senses about bravery, greed, growing up and moving on. It’s ability to speak to the heart through the eyes of a child is singularly powerful — and just cryptic enough — to feel like a dream come brightly to life.


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