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24 Ratings

Classical Period

Directed by Ted Fendt
United States, 2018


The members of a reading group exchange cultural and literary references with such vigor that there’s little room for anything else: an attempt to leave the modern world behind or merely their own solitary existences?

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Classical Period Directed by Ted Fendt
Ted Fendt’s films are the work of a genuine original, incredibly self-assured, possessed of an uninflected melancholy and at this early stage practically ready for their own adjective.
October 23, 2018
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If this is how Fendt’s actors really are, I’d find their company in real life even more uncomfortable than it is on screen. Nevertheless, their intellectual absorption—which isn’t the same as self-absorption, although it’s often close—is such an anomaly in contemporary cinema that you can’t help being intrigued by it, even mesmerized at times.
October 12, 2018
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“Classical Period” is often very funny, but it’s also poignant, imagining a milieu — part heaven, part purgatory — in which daily lives can be devoted to pondering the aggregated wisdom of the past.
October 11, 2018
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