There were two things I loved about seeing The Painted Veil one weekday afternoon in New York City. One was the film itself. The other was the sense of community with a few other audience members. This was an mid-afternoon showing at the local cineplex in my former neighborhood. It wasn't a packed house but you knew that the folks present would be paying attention to the film. This was Edward Norton and Naomi Watts acting a screenplay based on literature by W. Somerset Maugham and set in the 1920s. Top critics praised this picture. But it got meager studio promotion. A half hour into it, some of us strangers glanced at each other in the audience and mouthed "This is really good!" The Painted Veil was one of the finest films of 2006 that hardly anyone saw.