The materialization of a forced imaginary, that starting from Pasolini's ritualized realism- films so extraordinary as "La Terra Vista ..." or "Che Cosa Sono ..."- builds an irresolutely disjoint structure with effects rather puerile in its numbing composition. The character of the guardian is noble and deserves the best that the film has, but the Commedia dell'Arte heritage is, at least, poor.
[Review] 60/100 - Lost and Beautiful (Pietro Marcello, Italy)
Lost and Beautiful is exquisite, with many arresting images throughout its duration, particularly in the final sequence. This is not enough, however, as the meandering narrative only finds thematic grounding through an unbelievable, convoluted premise
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(...)Die Vergangenheit blitzt immer wieder auf: Die Fresken aus dem Bourbonenpalast oder die Gedichte Gesuinos. Bella E Perduta ist eine Ode, ein Abgesang. Man muss hier nicht alles begreifen, um es zu verstehen.
Beautiful, poetic and authentic at the same time. Saw this at the Frames of Representation festival at the CIA. At the Q&A at the end, the director and editor gave very down to earth and interesting answers to some not so interesting questions. Very inspiring. Apparently they used expired super 35 mm film and were doing the editing as they were still shooting. A lot of improvisation with a brilliant result.