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Water from Another Time1982

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  • 4.0
Three elderly residents of Orange County, Indiana, capture the flavor of a life-style many of us have either forgotten or never known at all. The filmmakers visit these residents and talk with them, enjoy their artistic creations and learn something about the dignity and meaning of aging. Lotus Dickey, seventy, who raised eight children by himself, sits under a catalpa tree by his parents' farmhouse, playing his violin and singing songs he wrote. Elmer Boyd, eighty, a shy bachelor, shows an ingenious water carrying system he built for his aging parents in 1943. Artist and poet Lois Doane, eighty-seven, shows her albums and sketchbook and reads some of her work. It was from one of Lois Doane's poems that the title of the film was derived.

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Wonderful... These encounters with people who lived through the first seven decades of the 20th century in rural Indiana are brimming with life and perseverance. Sometimes times were good, and other times there were hardships and struggles to get through. Yet they survived.

This film is worth a watch just to see Elmer Boyd's amazing water system.

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This was such a fun surprise for me. I knew the filmmaker and I actually knew Lotus Dickey as well, having given him a ride from his home to a music festival in Louisville. It brought back so many memories of the late 70's. Dillon BUstin was so enthusiastic about the Southern Indiana aboriginals. Indeed, these people are totally authentic. To be with them was to feel an integrity that is so rare in contemporary time. This generation lived through such struggles that made a quick measure of their character. If you can't be with people like this, at least enjoy the film. Incidentally, The line "water from another time" found a life of it's own, going beyond the title of the film. One of Dillon's friends, John McCutcheon, wrote an amazing song by the same title. very good song.