Great work by ground breaker Chris Marker. A film of statues and masks. I have watched this many times in French; maybe some day I will get to see it in English, not that it matters a whole lot. Maybe if I knew exactly what they were saying, I would give it 5 stars, though!
A stunning essay that moves imperceptibly between insightful obseravtions regarding art and its relation and endurance over time and society to a scathing commentary on today's consequences concerning the violent clash of Western/African cultures in the 50's.
marker + resnais, pure joy. politics plus esthetics. the screenplay is as poetic as subversive. our relation to art defines our place in life. art as a symptom. amazing marker's insight to things and attitudes
As an anthropologist I had to watch this one a handful of years ago. Nice and engaged examination about material culture in immemorial african art , its instrumentalization in our western societies. I agree with the message but the film is a bit dated, intellectual and monolithic... to be true I've never been a great fan of visual anthropology documentations, including the work of the highly acclaimed Jean Rouch.
Un interesante tratado antropológico el que ofrecen estos directores. Hay reconocimiento a las huellas culturales, y un aborrecimiento hacia quienes las ultrajaron. Más que un documental, es un ensayo crítico sobre cómo la modernidad lapida a ciertas culturas incipientes.