The Other Side

Prior to Ms. Day's current chained-to-the-desk lifestyle, she really lived the dream. She feasted on extravagant breakfasts of the most luxurious poached eggs! She grew accustomed to sleeping on deluxe 25,000-thread-count sheets! She gallivanted all over Europe via chariot! It was a grand time of her life, indeed. During one of Day's many trips through Paris, she happened upon the famed Père-Lachaise cemetery — what a beautiful, fascinating place! As she made her way to the sans-bust graveside of Jim Morrison (not cool, thieves, not cool), she also had occasion to check out the final resting spots of Chopin, Wilde and Seurat. It's an odd feeling, really, to visit the graves of those you know about but have never met. When you're standing next to the tomb, you can't reminisce. It's très difficile to even drum up a tear. But people, like Day, travel to this famous cemetery in particular, seeking something, but what exactly can be unclear even to them. To learn more about this melancholy patch of Paris (while Day mourns the loss of her once-charmed life), get to Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue) for one of the Webster Film Series' screenings of Forever, a film tour of Père-Lachaise that includes interviews with its visitors. The documentary is shown at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday (December 21 through 23), and admission costs $5 to $6. Call 314-968-7487 or visit www.webster.edu/filmseries for more information.
Dec. 21-23, 2007

 
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