Albert Maysles' last film doesn't actually display much filmmaking, but that hardly matters. Iris Apfel, the film's subject matter, and her now departed husband, Carl Apfel, are so captivating and funny that you're drawn in anyway. Fans of Albert Maysles should watch if only to see his last film, and fans of fashion should watch for the subject matter. All others may find the film wanting.
Powerful, thought-provoking, compelling, beautiful, ugly, tragic... Calcutta is all of these things and more. A terrific portrait of a particular place in time, it is a tremendous anthropological achievement that makes a strong case for why documentaries should exist. I was left enthralled and bewildered and shell-shocked. It is a must-watch film for any student of history, politics, religion, or culture.
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…