The best montage of film clips ever, even better than Godard's Histoire Du Cinema (which I love)! I could complain that there wasn't a single frame of Louise Brooks or Isabelle Huppert (and way too many of Mia Farrow and Bruce Willis), but really I just wish this was 4 hours longer. A cavalcade of fun for cinema fans!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaKx_XzmBEw
http://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/final-cut-ladies-and-gentlemen-palfi-2012/ As a film without specific protagonists, environments, and objects, the ideas conveyed deny the monomial. It is not symbolic; it is metaphorical. This is film as a dream, as pure image-in-the-mind-and-hearts of the cinephile viewing it.
★★★★ Marilyn Monroe with “Put the Blame On Mame" in the background, In the Mood for Love's soundtrack as a companion to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the smooth score of Twin Peaks illustrating Psycho's shower scene, the multiple uses of Penelope Cruz's "abre los ojos" line... Welcome to the ultimate movie trivia quiz.
Palfi's new exploration is the visual equivalent of The Avalanches 'Since I Left You', sampling over 1000 films and match-action cutting through the history of cinema weaving a loose narrative of love, life and dissolution. It's bold, arduous and surprising how quickly the brain adjusts to the format. 3.5 stars
I saw this film at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2013 and I will never forget the utter joy and pure nostalgia that overwhelmed the audience, myself included.
What amazes me is that the assembly of over one thousand different film clips inspires the same story in each of us, yet that story comes from entirely individual viewing experiences.