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Alan Clarke Großbritannien, 1989

Jason's rating of the film Elephant

It is hard to imagine what it must have been like to watch ELEPHANT on television in Great Britain upon its release, especially for a viewer who'd not been especially primed. Part of watching this film 'now' definitely involves positing such a 'then.' It is of course something closer to conceptual art than it is to narrative cinema, and its influence on a whole generation of video artists cannot be overstated.