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Midwest Film Premiere of Restored Tell Me a Riddle

Presented by Cincinnati Art Museum at Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati OH

Feb 09 2023
Midwest Film Premiere of Restored Tell Me a Riddle

Credit: Cincinnati Art Museum

Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Directed by Lee Grant, 1980, 90 minutes

Presented in partnership with Women in Film Cincinnati and Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival, featuring a post-film conversation with producer Rachel Lyon

Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. Seating is first come, first served. Please enter through the DeWitt entrance.

Restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2022, and presented here for the first time outside of the Academy, Tell Me a Riddle (1980) was the major motion picture directorial debut for Academy Award winner, Lee Grant. Based on Tillie Olsen’s O. Henry Prize winning novella of the same name, the film celebrates life and love’s miraculous power of renewal.

Eva and David are Russian-Jewish immigrants who experience the most intense conflict of their marriage right at the end of their lives. Eva becomes ill, and David decides they should keep it a secret. While they travel the country to visit the homes of their children and granddaughter, Eva remembers both the violence of pre-revolutionary Russia and the stresses of married life with David, when she was without a moment to herself to read or shine.

Producer Rachel Lyon will lead a post-film discussion about the remarkable restoration, working closely with Lee Grant over decades, and the many “firsts” for women that this film launched.



  • Feb 9, 2023 at 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Thu)

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* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


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