I guess I just like liking things.
"Well, it would be nice to have my vewwy own slave."--Elmer Fudd
This one is wild. It opens with one of the most gorgeous naturalistic montages you'll ever see in a Looney Tune, and then it proceeds to dive right into the thorny political thicket of slavery and accompanying power dynamics, and extracts jokes from every direction with what I would swear is sharp satirical intent. It's an extremely easy film to read as a left-wing critique of slaveowner entitlement…
3rd or 4th viewing. A masterpiece of criticism that illuminates Tarkovsky's oeuvre without explaining it. It allows us to see and feel more deeply, pointing out things we might have missed with great poetic insight, but never claims to have found the key or falls into the trap of definition. "Some deliver sermons. The greats leave us with our freedom."
And I could listen to Alexandra Stewart's voice all day.
Got to see it on the big screen at the IU Cinema. Even with an old print, and a brief breakdown in the middle when the sound went out, still awe-inspiring. I remembered the beginning and end very well, but there were great stretches in the middle that felt almost brand new. I had forgotten what an epic it is--the sheer scope of the battle scenes is just stunning, and magnifies the horror of it all even more.