Poetry, literature, painting and old film clips converge in this lyrical, unusually designed film essay about Le Moulin, the Taiwanese poets’ collective which protested in the 1930s against the cultural superiority of the Japanese occupier and the domination of realism in poetry.
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An experimental film essay about this literary group in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation which tried to give Taiwan its voice against the cultural superiority of Japan. It took time before I got accustomed to director Huang Ya-Li's use of images and words, the blurred frontier between documentary, story telling and experimental film. But the outcome is highly satisfactory, despite the film's length .
A mystical, strange place where literary and visual poetry meet... This film beautifully portrays the spirit and soul of surreal art. While it takes time to adjust to the flow and structure used here, the film gives enough time and opportunity for us to tune in and fully appreciate the experience - a very unique, truly lyrical work. Fascinating and probably rare footage of 1930's Tokyo and (I guess) Taiwan.
asserted narrative using objects as representatives of the era, cordial hospitality wasn't given, surrealism expressing ethnic determination, antiquated, cultural footmark playback of the avant-garde under the torrent of history.
(1.5 stars) Not my taste to be sure. Experimental and overly long. Really hard to sit through this length on a topic I'm not really interested in. I'm sure some can find some interest here, but not me.
~"Art that is only understood by a few is not art" ( as part of a socialist reflection on art). Then descends in very elitist modern poetry :) A fairly pleasant trip for an audience that does not mind being continuously challenged. An odd mix of slow and fast.
Then surrealism has never tried too hard to be easy.
A dive into histories I was completely completely ignorant about, which shows just how powerful a medium cinema can be for animating the archive. Huang's choice of archival material, his own sumptuous footage, the sound design and musical choices, and the way he orchestrates everything does touching justice to his subject. Deserves to be seen more than once. I do hope MUBI runs it again in the none-too-distant future