Brilliant film from director Esteban Sapir that revels in silent film history while telling an interesting tale. Often feeling like a child of Fritz Lang the film's most apt comparison however would be the work of Guy Maddin with its avant-garde use of silent film conventions. Well worth seeking out.
(...)Ein bisschen scheint Sapir da den Pioniergeist jener Zeit misszuverstehen: Die Klassiker versuchten nicht nur gut auszusehen, sondern vielmehr ein Medium zu entwickeln! Genug aber der kritischen Einwände, denn trotzdem bietet La Antena neben seinen wirklich wundervollen Bildern auch genug amüsante Momente, um gut zu unterhalten(...)
We definitely see references to the days of silent cinema but the other references are much more contemporary--graphic novels! The relationship between text and iconic visuals works like a charm--constantly inventive and surprising. And it doesn't have that annoying disruption of intertitles between acting that silent cinema had. A parable with great set design and a nostalgia for old technology.
Just try and picture an anti-TV fairy-tale crossing Lang's "Metropolis", Méliès and Karel Zeman. A fascinating achievement from Argentina's Esteban Sapir and a must watch for anyone who has not forgotten how powerful cinema can be when it's not hampered down by useless dialogue
Undeniable beauty of black and white imagery supersedes the narrative quicksand of a metaphor that sadly enslaves the entire film and its unsurprising trajectory. It's plot is more like a Simpson's episode, even then it would have been more creative. It's a fancy tribute that depletes by recalling the true masterpieces of cinema.
I cannot disagree with you more, even if I try. This is an absolutely fantastic film, full of charm and wonder. Although sometimes too overt, it brilliantly blends social commentary and political statement, with pastiche. It is beautifully shot, and has a grace to it. I think this is a fine example of extending pastiche to incorporate contemporary technology and create something old, but new.
It has the stylistic imagination and vivaciousness of a Guy Maddin, but the plot is alot more political and 'straight'. It's very sci-fi in the Brazil/City of Lost Children sense and deals with cartoonish absolutes. That's always fun? Also, "silent cinema" has been dead for decades.
Definitivamente LA ANTENA consagra a SAPIR como uno de los mejores cineastas argentinos con solo 2 films en su haber, y lo mejor a destacar es que su propuesta "es" original. Ya sus colaboraciones como director de fotografía me había llamado la atención, pero en esta tan cuidada historia, las diversas técnicas, el diseño y el ingenio es lo que prevalece, no tanto así el argumento del film. 7/10