Brumes d’Automne is a cinematic poem – an astounding, lyrical and avant-garde oeuvre wherein Kirsanoff gets hold of the titanic task of capturing the melancholy, nostalgia, hope and hopelessness of human inner sentiments.
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One of the most remarkable portraits of the natural world I have ever seen; the framing is exquisite and the subtle abstractions so beautiful. Thematically I also love this film, and like the subtle acting (compared to the typical melodramatic nonsense you see in most silent film), make this film the perfect blend of form and content. One of the finest films ever made.
A long extended metaphor (like Marvell's On a Drop of Dew) between Autumn and the states of a woman's mind, it requires a slow unpacking of the variations and resonances in the seemingly straightforward trope.
French Impressionism may be my favorite film movement, and Dimitri Kirsanoff is perhaps my greatest artistic inspiration. His ability to tell a story and convey emotions without words is unparalleled, and in AUTUMN MISTS, he turns the disillusion of a young woman's relationship into pure visual poetry. Raindrops turn to tears, leaves fall to the ground, each lyrical image suggesting their own emotions.