I will start off saying what I am supposed to say and then move on to what I actually feel.
I am supposed to say that the technical brilliance of the film was breathtaking. I am supposed to say that it is a shame that this silent movie was only four hours long and it should have gone on for four more hours (which the original apparently did). I am also supposed to say that although the characters had no depth and it is basically propaganda, it doesn't matter because it is such a beautiful biopic.
Shit, I am glad that is out of the way. Did not feel right.
This movie sucks. I don't care if you are the best director that was ever fucking born. It is a four hour long silent biography. I am reminded forcibly of Oktober. I am getting major deja vu by saying that if I learned something it would be worth it. However, this is a load of propaganda and boring at that. I watched it while I was cleaning out my closet. When I find untangling necklaces more fascinating than a movie, we have a problem.
Now, everyone claims that it is beautifully shot. That is pretty hard to appreciate whenever you cannot pay attention. A good movie has to have depth and interesting characters. Cannot believe I paid $25 for this...
Abel Gance, the director, brought us La Roue.
The restored version was released by Francis Ford Coppola.
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