The Grass Harp
Walter Matthau's son Chris Matthau takes the director's chair in THE GRASS HARP which is our next Rialto Recommends. Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s. The New York Times called THE GRASS HARP "a sweet, wise, funny, poignant film that rides on a first-rate cast applying its considerable talents to the engaging tale of young Collin Fenwick (played as a teen-ager by Edward Furlong), who comes to live with his spinster cousins in a sleepy Southern town after his mother and father die in swift sequence." While the San Francisco Chronicle said "THE GRASS HARP has a soulful sense of simple humanity trying to understand life's mysteries. And in particular, Laurie's portrayal of Dolly is the film's heart -- she brings to it an earthy loveliness that is spellbinding." Starring Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Edward Furlong, Nell Carter, Jack Lemmon and Mary Steenburgen, THE GRASS HARP is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, DirectTV and others for a modest fee. Check out this small gem of a film that may have escaped your notice when it was released in the fall of 1996.