A much better film than sanatorium, but another that feels like it needed to be pushed just a little bit more. That last bit of restraint mixed with some super generic and long action sequences hurts what is otherwise a fun lark.
I was expecting Donkey Skin 2, but instead got a nice and murky film that seems like a forerunner of a lot of the 80’s fantasy films.
I think I’ve found my new favorite Wiseman. This was a punch to the face, making me cry a number of times. Such a beautiful portrayal of fragile people. The moment that one of the monks performs Deep River was especially powerful for me.
I don’t have much more to add on Blank at the moment, another great one.
A better film would have seen Dern for the conservative sociopath that he was, but since it seems so in love with his hapless character it comes off as a bunch of hippy bullshit. And if that is ever in question Joan Baez should be the tipping point.
Taking advantage of Criterion’s Les Blank uploads on Hulu and filling in some gaps. I have loved every film of his I have watched, but this might be my favorite so far.
I am left wondering if this kind of thing is really possible anymore – the innocence of his films, both the subjects but even him seems like something that would be hard to replicate these days. certainly there are plenty of docs made now by highlighting the fringes of society, but they are generally too self conscious in style, too goofy. Probably this is just the inherent nostalgia in a lot of Blank’s work talking, but that is certainly part of the appeal too.