Patrick Preziosi

critic // bylines in mubi notebook, photogénie, screen slate, ultra dogme, the quietus, in review online, little white lies, etc etc

Favorite films

  • A Farewell to Arms
  • La Ronde
  • Nostos: The Return
  • Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan

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  • A Room in Town

    ★★★★½

  • The Lost Patrol

    ★★★★

  • Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts

    ★★★★½

  • The Big Trail

    ★★★★

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  • Isn't Life Wonderful

    Isn't Life Wonderful

    ★★★★

    Little Man, What Now?

  • Air Force

    Air Force

    ★★★★½

    Propagandistic in its archetypes—cynics prepare for a dressing-down by one Harry Carey!—and the final battle sequence, which Hawks reputedly pushed to have excised, or at least shortened, to no avail, but there’s an agreeably contradictory, anti-war temperament wending its way beneath all the surface patriotism. Hawks’ avoidance of considerable events bolsters this overwhelming transience, where war is little more than showing up late for a routing that’s already happened, before it’s on to the next, and so on and so…

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  • France

    France

    ★★★★½

    Neo-neorealism, because what is modern realism if not outwardly acknowledging the process that allows it to claim such a distinction? Like the photo-negative of Rossellini’s Europa ’51, a paragon of status and celebrity only achieves more, following a fairly quotidian accident that leaves Léa Seydoux internally shaken nevertheless. The ubiquitous desire to manufacture and package “the real” drives this entire film, each marvelous smash/match-cut a continued compounding of facilitated distances within spaces that only continue to encroach upon one another: war zones and resorts, the newsroom and the field, the camera and “the camera”.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    JUST LET THE DAMN SONGS PLAY! 

    The issue with modern documentary is that those involved want to be a part of the history they’re preserving, turning an honorable goal into smug ingratiation. They even cut off Stevie Wonder playing drums….