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Les yeux ne veulent pas en tout temps se fermer, ou Peut-être qu'un jour Rome se permettra de choisir à son tour

Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub West Germany, 1970

El Biffo's rating of the film Eyes Do Not Want to Close at All Times, or, Perhaps One Day Rome Will Allow Herself to Choose in Her Turn

All at once, both astoundingly, freakishly creative and also sadistically dry, academic and austere. I'm glad that Straub-Huillet had the audacity to make such films, that such films exist in a world littered with formulaic entertainment, but I have to admit that it is difficult material for me to ingest.