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  1. Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Falls

    An epic summation of Greenaway's early contrarian responses to the imperialism of (information) filmic conventions. It's mordantly hilarious in it's misuse of that earnestly pedagogic style with decidedly unreliable & arbitrary evidence, useless cataloging, misleading illustration, playful linguistic nonsense and indeed film duration itself. It isn't what we've been trained to expect. This is cinema!

  2. Adam Whybray's rating of the film The Falls

    I watched this, during my undergraduate degree, in my university library's media room. About halfway through another student accidentally unplugged my video player. She apologised profusely. "Don't worry!" I reassured her, "that's how Greenaway wanted the film to be watched!" It didn't reassure her. The earlier the Greenaway the funnier. This is so very charming. Love the smoldering Brothers Quay for the still!

  3. εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film The Falls

    As globalization threatens "small" languages worldwide, Greenaway produces a Babylonian tongue-splitting instrument whose essence though is inaccessible to any linguistic expression as if a prime motor emanating discourse but hidden in transcendence - the VUE. Minor ousts major, and with English as the new lingua franca, erratic xenoglossia geysers erupt in its insular habitat like a repressed and relapsed tumor. The

  4. Josh the Bookseller's rating of the film The Falls

    Probably the ballsiest, most meticulous approach to science-fictive worldbuilding I've ever seen, especially in film. Plus a broad emotional range: funny, erudite, conspiratorial, eerie, absurd, and not without pathos. For similar, pagebound intertexual goodies, read: J L Borges' 'Universal History of Infamy,' Roberto Bolaño's 'Nazi Literature in the Americas,' & J Rodolfo Wilcock's 'Temple of Iconoclasts.'

  5. Sarika Joglekar's rating of the film The Falls

    i only watched half of this, but i think it was its whimsy that lost me.

  6. Landen Celano's rating of the film The Falls

    The brilliance, I think, is that this is precisely what I would expect to be playing on televisions in the background of films like Children of Men or World on a Wire, only in its raw form.

  7. naokoken's rating of the film The Falls

    Amazing. Exhilarating and exhausting. "This might be no more enigmatic than as a reference to his profession as a seller of chicken wire." Combines the wackiness of Monty Python with the black humor of John Sladek; the non-existent book reviews of Stanislaw Lem and the details of train passengers in Geoff Ryman's 253. Ornithological red herrings and spontaneous new languages. Conspiracies, immortality and absurdism.

  8. klofter's rating of the film The Falls

    A misguided bureaucracy trying to take stock of human tragedy. That's what this movie seemed to be ultimately about to me. The grotesque and absurd nature of the tragedy made this even more poignant to me. I confess to not having watched all 190 minutes of this but it's a movie I'm sure to come back to a couple times and finish eventually. Like a Gravity's Rainbow or In Search of Lost Time.

  9. corycorycorycory's rating of the film The Falls

  10. C Wever's rating of the film The Falls

    Not exactly sure what I just watched and it's taken several sessions to get through it, but that was quite something. It's a Monty Python epsiode, William S Burrough's cut-up and a Residents album thrown together and blended into something pretty wonderful and creepy and jarring.

  11. David R Williams's rating of the film The Falls

    Nobody does absurdist humour like the British....and Greenaway is the master.

  12. Samuel Wells's rating of the film The Falls

    The Falls, like all of Greenaway's films, it find a unique conceit to excite and hook the viewer. The Falls, like "A Walk Through H", commits to a reporting pseudo-documentarian voice, relying on voice overs. It does not open itself up to the viewer, teasing her with the prospect of a peculiar plot. Unfortunately, it does not follow through quickly enough. Instead, it continues to resist until the viewer gives up.

  13. Jimbrowski's rating of the film The Falls

    I won't pretend it didn't fly over my head to some degree but what a unique piece of work!!!

  14. Max Seqgar's rating of the film The Falls

    I recall having taken a pillow and trail mix to watch this one at the Vanc Cinematheque. 92 exercises in documentary style... powerful!!!

  15. Raymond Moreno's rating of the film The Falls

    Another great film from the master, Peter Greenaway.

  16. Myles's rating of the film The Falls

    A real commitment. Holy shit, Peter Greenaway.

  17. SuzyViolence's rating of the film The Falls

    <3 This film is everything. I love it like I love my cat. <3

  18. Chris Gillespie's rating of the film The Falls

    A wonderfully bizarre deep dive into an ornithological sci fi universe. Brought back nostalgia of those cracked out conspiracy shows on late night AM radio.

  19. Andrew Miller's rating of the film The Falls

    By far my favorite Greenaway-- as always in his work, the film swallows its own head, but the experience is for once pleasurable.

  20. Xexmaín's rating of the film The Falls

  21. El Biffo's rating of the film The Falls

    Linguistically absurd and ornithologically overwhelming. At 3 hours, 15 minutes, Peter Greenaway's first feature film seems rushed. It should have been at least 15 hours long, or even 45 hours. I would have also appreciated optional subtitles in Latin.

  22. Emanuele's rating of the film The Falls

    Damn! can't find this film with ita sub! No one knows something about?

  23. Ryan Browder's rating of the film The Falls

    It's preposterous that this film exist, but it does and it proves what the human imagination is capable of!

  24. Spiritchaser's rating of the film The Falls

    He has invented a whole universe on his own. Not since Rivette's Out 1 have I been so drawn in by a film's inventiveness and creativity.

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