It has a little bit more content showing the desperate need for change, and the feeling of unrest in Spain, during another turbulent political time, but this soon reverts back to the dull conversations and dry style that made the first film so hard to get through. It's 40 years later and director Pere Portabella seems to think that the material doesn't need anything else added for presentation purposes. He is wrong.
Although this film does deal with the situation in Catalonia, I'm not sure it adds much if you've been following the news. It also doesn't spend much time on Podemos. As such, it feels like even more of serious of snapshots than a sustained discussion (especially in comparison to the first movie of the pair). In fact, I found the scientists' section to be the most illuminating, though it was not specific to Spain.
Portabella definitely created a unique type of documentary. It presents different points of view on the world, political and economical issues, mostly through discourse. While it's worth watching on its own, I'd definitely recommend watching the first General Report, as this gives a very interesting perspective on how things developed since. I wonder if people back then could possibly imagine the world of today...
Definitely more interesting than the first one. Well... it's a TON more visually interesting. Some great photography and excellent framing. That is the HUGE STRENGTH of this documentary. For me the material is boring as hell, and I couldn't care less about it, but if you ARE into this material, then you will DEFINITELY like this flick, because it is filmed so well. So there's that.
INFORME GENERAL II is a heroic undertaking and beyond necessary. It is depressing that its commitment to and engaged, embedded, discourse-sodden political cinema seems so archaic based on the forms which dominate today. This harkens back to much more engagé times. Portabella is incontestably a master; beyond just providing us w/ sterling reportage, he does absolutely exquisite things w/ form. Massive achievement.
Not up to the first part, but then Spain sadly hasn't lived up to its potential since the Transición. This one is worth watching for a glimpse of the country's super-jargonised intellectual elites expressing themselves at length. Corruption, corruption and more corruption, and two years on Podemos has not proved the universal panacea that this film might seem to suggest.
Less sanguine that its predecessor and less audacious both in terms of form and content. Radical politics are there and it was so interesting to see Negri in it, but although the agenda is packed with the political obscenities of much of today's politics and the Dickensian rise in inequality, the intentionally serene tone creates a mismatch with the cinematically conventional form. One expected more from Portabella.
Rich and thoughtful analysis of Spain still submerged in the aftermath of the financial crash, a profound view of the country, and Europe by extension, buoyed by winds of change and freedom through snap shots, discourses and interviews. An archive of intellectual opinion and feelings, themes and topics, prescient and insightful at times, self-indulgent others but always current and connected.
the mubi release is ever so timely and benefits the film a lot. I do think the audience for this is very very specific in that they should be looking for information about catalonia and might be a bit new to it, and are willing to endure the length and also one sit down conversation after another. I do appreciate the variety of those probably slightly-rehearsed conversations though.