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George Washington

2000

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  • Third viewing, but the first since Green evolved into a very different sort of filmmaker than he appeared to be here, and the first since a slew of indies taking this film as their primary inspiration succeeded in retroactively making it seem less like an impressive Malick homage. Wasn't transformative, though—I liked its Peanuts-eloquent kids and its mix of artlessness and dreaminess a lot then, and I still do. Would love to go back in time and show me-in-2000 The Sitter, though.

  • A little like Gummo re-imagined by Terrence Malick, Green's extraordinary debut feature is a film without a centre... Lyrically shot in 'Scope by Tim Orr, the film absorbs elements of documentary and improvisation to produce a remarkably organic whole.

  • David Gordon Green sometimes comes across as a gifted poet who hasn’t yet mastered prose; his characters and images are memorable, but this story about working-class kids, most of them black, in a small town in North Carolina is elusive and occasionally puzzling... You have to bring a lot of yourself to this film if you want it to give something back, but the rewards are considerable.

  • Unusual for a deliberately allusive, symbolic movie, George Washington combines emotional amplitude with documentary veracity. While capturing the real, contemporary issues of poverty, youth alienation and racial interaction, it touches on the noblest, most loving quests of its characters and solicits a personal response from anyone who views it.

  • Gordon evocatively incorporates George Richardson into the spiritual soul of his mythic America via an evocative montage of photographs. George Washington is the closest thing we have to William Faulkner on screen, a deeply spiritual experience that acknowledges one's need to discover and connect with our national ancestry.

  • After his dip into the mainstream, where companionship was predicated on increasingly hollow and repetitive banter, it's easy to forget how elegant Green conveys a sense of camaraderie between the characters inGeorge Washington, where simple gestures and non-sequitur reflections express an acute understanding of shared experience and sentiments.

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