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68 Ratings

People's Park

United States, China, 2012


People’s Park is a 75-minute single shot documentary that immerses viewers in an unbroken journey through a famous urban park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

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People's Park Directed by Libbie D. Cohn, J.P. Sniadecki
This is how you must watch this brilliant documentary. It captures the essence of public life. And this essence is everything that making an iPad is not. Here humans are playful, in love, creative, disruptive, intelligent, curious, perfecting a skill, learning new moves, learning for the pleasure of learning. This is what we see in the documentary’s one take, which runs for seventy-seven minutes.
January 11, 2016
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They call it a “structuralist documentary,” but its pleasures aren’t so heady; there’s much to delight in on a purely visceral level. A single, unbroken take — a waist-level dolly shot — spanning a brisk 75 minutes, the film bobs and weaves through the crowds of the sprawling People’s Park in Chengdu, taking in a great deal of eating and walking and dancing and generally sopping up the local color.
August 11, 2015
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Although an interesting portrait of the diversity of life and activities in the park, it is also (to this viewer) an example of form either eclipsing or too tenuously connected to subject matter, in spite of the analogy to Chinese scroll painting.
March 05, 2014
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