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Alan Clarke Storbritannien, 1989

Warren Spratley's rating of the film The Firm

Clarke's formal proclivities work fascinatingly well against a more traditional narrative structure--the arc builds towards an established climax & epilogue. Such structure in no way weakens Clarke's investment in stylistic abstraction, but proves rather that the stubborn stylist--as easy 2 detect as Ozu--can work in different narrative modes. Identification is still a complex issue, as is the use of tracking camera.