For the first time in history, the poor are fatter than the bourgeoisie. When it comes to the culture we consume, this holds true as well: Syndicated reruns and shitty flicks from Redbox cost less than, say, that new Jean Renoir boxed set, and theyre a thousand times easier to track down. Do a bit of research, though, and even the brokest of the broke can feast for damn near free. Take The Earrings of Madame De
, director Max Ophuls lush and cutting masterpiece of betrayal and misery among the kind of people who used to be the fat ones wealthy, adulterous French folks. Tonight at 7 at the Tivoli (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756), you can savor the sumptuous interiors, the complexities of cheating, and the rise and fall of love and fortune. You can toast Ophuls restless camera, his life-stuffed frames and his brisk storytelling, and you can celebrate the fact that, as part of their Janus Film Series
, UMKC and the Tivoli are charging just two bucks for one of the programs best films yet.
Tue., Oct. 16, 7 p.m., 2007