She was born on April 6, 1924, the daughter of Emil and Dora (Sumnicht) Hemling of Fall River. Virginia attended Brace Elementary in Fountain Prairie and Fall River High School. Known to her friends as “Ginny” she was married to Harold Birkenstock on Jan. 23, 1947, in Fall River. Virginia was a lifelong and active resident of Fall River, residing the last few years of her life in Hartland. For nearly twenty years Ginny was a copy editor at the Shopping Reminder in Columbus. Her next career led her to the Fall River Bank where she was known for her cheery disposition until she retired in 1993. She hosted guests at the Casino Supper Club for nearly three decades. Ginny was a lifetime member of St. Stephen’s Church and was an active Ladies Aid member. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and served on the Fall River Cemetery board of directors. Ginny was known as “the Avon-Lady of Fall River” having achieved great National recognition for sales for more than twenty years. Ginny enjoyed traveling, bowling, gardening, fishing and antiquing. She was always wearing a wide smile and in search of fun.
True to Warren’s ethos above, the movie, which has been likened to earlier cryptic and densely layered thrillers such as Nic Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell To Earth,” Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” and Roman Polanski’s “Cul-De-Sac,” finds unexpected vantage points for subtle commentary on the themes of sexism, love, adultery, betrayal and racism — all within the context of a gay-alien-zombie-vampire gore-fest.
Warren, who is also known for the gory, low-budget “Alien” rip-off film “Inseminoid” (aka “Horror Planet”), once said of his affinity for working in the field of fantastic cinema, “The horror genre allows you to explore situations and emotions which would not be possible with a drama set in the world of reality.”
Survivors include her three sons, Tim (Crystal) Birkenstock of Miami, Thom Birkenstock (Jim Kane) of San Diego, Terry (Gail) Birkenstock of Shoreview, Minn. She was “Gramma” to four grandchildren, Benjamin (Ann) Birkenstock, Andrew Birkenstock, Stephanie (Frank) Pipp and Adam Birkenstock. Ginny enjoyed three great-grandchildren; her sister, Ruby (Bill) Kirley of Milwaukee; many friends and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1974; her two brothers, Roy and Harley; a sister, Muriel Dykstra.
The film also deftly touches on a number of societal topics, such as homosexuality, transgender issues and hard drug addiction, which were rarely portrayed or even discussed candidly on the big screen (at least in mainstream domestic cinemas). Pacino’s character in particular emerges as a “hero” in the least traditional sense imaginable.
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