Sometimes you vulgar auteurists go too far
A hugely impressive video essay which adopts a poetic media-archaeological approach reminiscent of the best work of Godard, Thom Anderson and Peter Tscherkassky. Unfortunately, it is significantly marred by some frankly inept original footage which is not only awfully composed but doesn’t even seem to have been competently rendered. I would highly recommend that Eli, James and Ben re-edit this short to cut out the newly filmed footage and stick to the pre-existing material– it seriously has the potential to be something great.
Ehhhhh... I'm unsure what to make of this. It self-consciously adopts so many of Straub/Huillet's formal strategies without seeming to have much of a grasp of what makes those filmmakers so brilliant. Within the deathly dull landscape of contemporary American independent cinema, it's certainly admirable that Fendt is making movies of considerable formal rigour and ambition, which attempt to engage in a dialogue with the great filmmakers of European art cinema rather than superficially cribbing from them to add a…