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Friday, August 31, 2007
Once (John Carney, 2006)
A low-key Irish arthouse musical: a bunch of slick, heart-on-the-sleeve, grand indie ballads with the emotional IQ of an undergrad (though perfectly attuned to contemporary revival-clothes-wearing standards of gritty urban hip) strung together with a vague romantic non-plot going on in the quiet bits, wherein a couple of angsty, scruffy, melancholy though perfectly amiable songwriters make music together on second-hand instruments, put together a low-budget record over a weekend and go out to throw Frisbees on the beach at dawn.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Certainly the most famous of Dziga Vertov's sensory onslaughts and probably the most exciting. It's similar to the 'Symphonies' of the period (to Berlin, Paris etc.) in that it's a consummately crafted, endlessly fascinating document of a time and place (or places - namely Odessa, Moscow and Kiev); though Vertov is much more interested than Ruttmann & co. in documenting the cunning and allure of the movie camera and its romancing of the cinemagoer. He employs all sorts of visual trickery - split-screen, superimpositions, stop-motion, slow-motion, fast-motion, super-fast-motion - though even at its barest and most organic, his imagery is stunning.