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Classical Period

2018

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  • Scene by scene, text by text, taken individually, these lessons richen the mind (and again, I didn’t realize, first time around, that we were drawing a full circle). Taken as a whole, however, you begin to worry.

  • As with Straub-Huillet, much pleasure and invigoration is supposed to come from the audience encountering a book or text. . . . When Evelyn reads of and speaks about Dante’s character of Pia de' Tolomei is the moment Classical Period epitomizes a cinematic ideal: the actress seems to at once embody the book she’s reading, taking it into herself, and also transform it, reveal it through her own version of the story it tells.

  • It took me a while to get on this film's wavelength—far less comic than Short Stay and far more Straub–Huilletesque—but once I did, I found this to be quite moving. Reciting and dissecting texts, formalist psychology, relationships defined in impersonal exchanges. Less complete than Fendt's first feature, maybe, but this is a direction I want to follow him in.

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