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A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold

A Bread Factory, Part One

Directed by Patrick Wang
United States, 2018
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

After 40 years of running their community arts space, The Bread Factory, Dorothea and Greta are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple–performance artists from China–come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.

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A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold Directed by Patrick Wang
To some extent, Patrick Wang’s dazzling two-part, four-hour comedy A Bread Factory (2018)—shot over twenty-four days in Hudson, New York, after ten days of rehearsal with well over sixty professional or semiprofessional actors—is an epic anthology of performance art. . . . What makes it special are the peculiar dots connecting “inside” and “outside.”
April 18, 2019
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A riveting, one of a kind cinematic experience, an ethnography of a community told with a profoundly compassionate eye that speaks to Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library and Robert Altman’s A Prairie Home Companion.
November 26, 2018
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The focus on the workings of an American institution may remind some of the expansive comedies of Robert Altman or the documentaries of Frederick Wiseman. But also, the blurring of the line between performance and reality, the embrace of an intimate theatricality, recalls the work of Jacques Rivette. These are cinematic giants, and this director may be on his way to joining them.
October 25, 2018
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