"I'm dennis hopper, I am a filmmaker, a painter, a poet, an actor and I ocasioanlly ride a motor bike">#irony/John Cale's score and cameo. Maysles smile & especially John Ashbery's delighfully beautiful poem and sad face>made a perfect 'sad smiley emoji' kinda like Lilian Gish's sad face on "Broken Blossoms"/Caesar salad=seasaw salad ♥ as said by Leth's cute accent :P Wenders, Andersen, Herzog & Antonioni were here.
Some very interesting shots that move at a slow but steady pace, that goes perfectly with the minimalism. At times it felt more narration would've helped give the film some more substance. The diversity in shots coupled with having the subjects talk about themselves was a nice touch. You might, however, feel let down by the passiveness in making a statement - I was, to an extent.
jorgen leth is a man without humor himself but not without the remarkable capacity to recognise it... just like how you don't have to be funny to write a poem... this I love in a man. he said it himself... his propensity to "perfectly frame" things... this overframing, this perfectionism that leads to his signature emptiness in his movies. what a brilliant and beautiful little movie.
21 years after "66 Scenes From America", Jørgen Leth goes to the USA again and films the same objects and places and, in some cases, the same people, producing New Scenes From America. The acesthetics is now even closer to what portraits could be like. The camera, this time, is always still, every object and person always "facing" it. We can try to look for clues of the passage of time in this close up exercize.
Poetic and intriguing juxtapositions convey a portrait of "America" in which Leth is able to capture the thematic continuity of American culture through an emphasis on creation and consumption at the country's points of the worldly intersection, while also quietly suggesting an agenda to remake an "Easy Rider" that is applicable to the early 2000s.
Does it take great discipline to create art within such a minimalist methodology? Personally, the temptation to add more rather than stay true would be too great. Leth's quiet, thought provoking film is beautiful in its cinematography, pacing, as well as poetic narration. A thought provoking gem.