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185 Ratings

Academy of the Muses

L’Accademia delle Muse

Directed by José Luis Guerín
Spain, 2015


Barcelona university philology professor Pinto leads a simulated university seminar on women’s roles in inspiring art and historical literary muses, attended entirely by actresses. Their objections to his arguments are sharp and profound—as are the professor’s post-class discussions with his wife.

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Academy of the Muses Directed by José Luis Guerín
This is a confounding, irascible film, straddling the line between rebuke and awe just as readily it does between fiction and documentary. If you agree with the supposition that love means sharing bookcases, this movie was made for you.
December 09, 2016
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Cinematic cuts have rarely felt so disturbingly premature as they do in this film, suggesting romantic ruptures. Passion for erudition has never felt so alive and contagious. Never has literature felt so delectable, even haptic, on the screen. Never has scholarship been this seductive. Yet Guerín’s seduction isn’t merely carnal, as it’s drenched in desire’s most inexorable ghosts.
December 09, 2016
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Like much of Guerín’s most accomplished work, the movie—which was made on a tiny budget with a non-professional cast and no crew to speak of—finds the critical discourse in poetry and vice versa.
December 01, 2016
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