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Antonioni’s second short, this is a more straightforward and observational piece. The camera is distanced and aside from a single obviously set-up moment seems more fly-on-the-wall than his first. It’s still impressively made, with good composition but there’s a lack of momentum here. It’s nice seeing Rome through the eyes of the street sweepers and their daily routines - early starts, eating, sleeping in the sun after a long day, are not without interest.
People of the Po Valley 1947
Antonioni's documentary short somehow finds beauty in the harsh subsistence life on a coal-fueled barge transporting produce down the Po river. Packing a lot in its short eleven minutes, but never feeling rushed, there's a lyricism despite the poverty. The framing and compositions are impressive (there's even the illusion of a tracking shot in a cramped barge), and the pacing is perfect.
Sequences of the barges heroically gliding along the river against an open horizon contrast with intimate human moments,…
The Flood 2019
My review below, or read it on my blog with pictures.
The premise of The Flood doesn’t sound like box office magic: a film that’s centred around an Eritrean asylum-seeker’s interview with a hardened British immigration official. The producers admitted that it was very tough to find funders for even the modest £3 million budget. However, the casting of Lena Headey – aka Cercei Lannister in Game of Thrones – should ensure a few more bums on seats, and this…
The Whale 2022
I'm at odds with most viewers, who seemed to have loved this. I agree Brendan Fraser's wonderful performance is pivotal so gets an extra star rating - it's genuinely sympathetic and not exploitative. And Aronofsky reins in some of his usual excesses. But the overlaboured cod-redemption theme and the script's clumsy way of rationing backstory to stretch out the proceedings felt forced. Sadie Sink runs the gamut of emotions from A to B (copyright Dorothy Parker) although Samantha Morton's relatively small role was very good.