CINEMA, 16mm _ This makes you want to discuss over again the question of length. But there is no shortcut for it and that is the best way to document something. Of course it can be boring to some. Especially if you grew up with bad TV habits. But this is educational and essential for the way you look at things. And the long trademark traveling shots reminded me of those made in NYC 16 years earlier. Magic.
A rigorous look at a post-Cold War world. I love the way Chantal Akerman blurs the line between reality and fiction, perhaps reflecting the state of mind that people were in at this time, allowing for her subjects to look directly into the camera and wave. Simultaneously, this acts as a critique on contemporary docs and embraces the "artifice". Brilliant!
The grayness of post-Soviet society and perception of otherness looking at peoples living distinctly human lives yet lives often distinctly distorted from the perceived "normality" of advanced Western existence is channeled in Akerman's quasi documentary. Rarely, if at all, does she show a smile or a bright picturesque landscape. A failed empire and it's people waiting with uncertainty for what comes next.
A bit long, and a bit repetitive. I do appreciate films that give the viewer the leisure and freedom to explore an image without being jerked from one thing to another by manipulative camera work or fast editing. However, this strategy works best when the viewer is given interesting things to look at. I did like the landscapes and cityscapes and views inside the living spaces of ordinary people.
Literally a tracking shot of the early days after the tearing down of the Iron Curtain. A documentary without words, with some moments presumably staged. Faces look long. Little sign of euphoria. A few faces may have a hint of a self-conscious smile, but overall, the feeling is that of wariness of the probing camera. An old reflex? Like a Foucaldian optic, the lens has the effect of a panoptic eye.
Beautifully evocative with a clear respect for its locations and temporality - unlike so many other "let's capture this moment for history" documentaries. D'Est manages to simultaneously reflect with sincerity and subtle awareness on globalization and the ephemerality of culture.