It’s Groundhog Dog once again, and Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. Six more weeks of winter are on their way (or are they?).

when is a party not a party ?

The rodent Punxsutawney Phil has once again cast his beady glance, and the shadows have forewarned:  six more weeks of winter before Spring 2012 bursts forth in earnest!

I just completed my annual viewing of Groundhog Day (1993), directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell–a classic for a handful of reasons.  It’s truly funny and heartwarming as a winter movie.  It’s tightly written and a perfect romance (not too saccharin-infused).  For me, it’s classic because it so closely follows one of my favorite archetypal stories–The Flying Dutchman, the 1843 opera penned by Richard Wagner.

Many contemporary films follow the outlines of classic stories.  The Coen Brothers’ movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) loosely updated the story of Homer’s The OdysseyRoxanne (1987), the comedy with Steve Martin and Daryl Hannah, was written around the story of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (1897).  Wagner’s opera focused on redemption, a theme that…

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