Friday, April 22, 2016

887. Deseret

Directed by James Benning

Wow, I never thought a film would make me miss Koyaanisqatsi.  This was just a ridiculous inclusion, designed to test my embarrassing level of devotion to the List.

For eighty two minutes we are forced to watch images of Utah.  First the images are in black and white, then they are in color.  I don't think anyone would describe the Utah landscape as "colorful" so it doesn't feel like that much a difference.   Anyway, Fred Gardner provides a narration where he reads out loud old New York Times articles.  I know it sounds like a joke, but it is very, very real.

As this film is supposed to provide us a history of Mormonism, it had the potential to be interesting.  My only knowledge of Mormonism comes from seeing The Book of Mormon with my brother last year, so I was excited to learn more.  The filmmaker makes absolutely zero effort to make any of the information interesting.  In fact, the flat delivery and dull images make me think they were trying to create the most boring film of all time.  Maybe it was some sort of Springtime for Hitler scheme.

Anyway, this made Koyaanisqatsi look like the adventure of a lifetime.  Avoid at all costs.

RATING: *----

Interesting Facts:

This was a tough film to find and I was unable to uncover any interesting trivia.  Fellow List followers might want to make the viewing of this movie a priority, since it is such a challenge to locate.  Currently it is available on YouTube, but it could be taken down soon.

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