Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

This fascinating, challenging film had already earned a spot on my top 250 the moment the first take was finished (of course, that was 10 minutes into the film), a sequence involving a live demonstration of how a solar elclipse works...

Anyway, this film is amazing, the compositions are staggering...every shot looks like this:
or this...
...just stunning black-cloaked figures in echoing spaces of washed-out grays and bright whites...

Making statements about the failure of communism, and the flaws of theory in general, I've neglected to mention that the film is film is extended long takes; as one reviewer put it, "seductively lugubrious"...(and I haven't even gotten to the giant whale!)

You could watch this without subtitles, and still be suitably moved, but it would be nowhere near as far. A stunning cinematic achievement.


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