very healthy human who has not looked away from a screen in eleven years.
Third Rocha and it's another absolute smash hit. Maybe THE filmmaker of the 60s for me . All the political intrigue, bile, sensuality, religious fervor and immiseration you can squeeze into a frame. I love art that takes direct aim at existing power structures. I like it even more when it's married to a gorgeous well developed visual language.
What movie is everyone else watching here? I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of people are going to look back at this a lot less fondly in a few years. "Funny Because the Racism Is So Blatant" jokes, a meandering story that feels cringily autobiographical, and the conflict that acts as the engine for all this action is a "Will they? Won't they?" about pedophilia. Yuck.
Holy Hell. That this film could weaponize irony, sweep you up in a spacey drunken dream, and ground your heart to dust without any title cards is just astonishing.
Murneau was a master. I don't really have anything to add to the conversation about this film. I'm just thoroughly impressed.
(Also the poster LB chose for this is wonderful!)