Rooftop Films Presents a Sneak Preview Screening of Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators: Curious George Makes a (Pretty Darn Good) Movie.
On an early August evening, Rooftop Films blessing us all with a very special screening of Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators on the roof of the JCC in Manhattan. Who knew that what we would be witnessing would be as spectacular and far more moving than the gorgeous night that we were blessed with.
I didn’t really know much about Hans and Margaret Rey, the authors of the Curious George books. The books had played a large and memorable role in my childhood and helped create my spirit of adventure and curiosity in the world around me. But I had no clue that their story would be as dramatic and inspiring in both the worlds of worldly adventure and in love and devotion. Both creators grew up in Germany in the same social and economic circle not very far apart from one another. Hans knew Margaret’s sister, Mary, and found himself one evening at the familial home to celebrate Mary’s 16th birthday. Margaret was introduced to the man who would end up becoming her husband and life partner when she slid down the railing of the staircase and landing at the feet of a startled Hans. A totally charming ‘meet-cute’ if there ever was one, and in filmmaker Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s beautifully crafted documentary, this is just the beginning of a dramatic and dynamic story spanning decades and exciting travels. It is loving told with such care to detail utilizing and encompassing both Curious George‘s stories, insights into these two brave souls, and details of their miraculous journey through the dangerous world they existed in. (for the full movie review, click here)
Posted on August 10, 2017