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A Talking Picture

2003

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  • A Talking Picture is one of the most powerful examples of the director's irony: set in the present and depicting a tour of ancient civilizations around the Mediterranean, the film suggests how the ancient world might regard us. The characters seem trivial, at times even silly (the film features what is surely John Malkovich's funniest screen performance), yet they attain a poignant dignity by placing themselves before images of the eternal.

  • Dismissed by some reviews on release for the perceived conservatism of its literally explosive ending, today the film enjoys the opposite reputation, a sober, judging look at the effects of the 20th century by a man who lived through nearly all of it.

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