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Detroit's story has encapsulated the iconic narrative of America over the last century the Great Migration of African Americans escaping Jim Crow; the rise of manufacturing and the middle class; the love affair with automobiles; the flowering of the American dream; and now . . . the collapse of the economy and the fading American mythos. With its vivid, painterly palette and haunting score, Detropia sculpts a dreamlike collage of a grand city teetering on the brink of dissolution. These soulful
Sep 5, 2012 Limited
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Detropia's filmmakers stay out of the picture, hanging back to allow the viewer to absorb the meaning of Detroit's fate. It is even more complex than we thought.
A startling, haunting documentary about a once-great city, "Detropia" is all but a eulogy for Detroit.
Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Oscar-nominated for their earlier Jesus Camp, aim a compassionate and artful lens in their new documentary Detropia, finding signs of life in the ruined city.
City services are shutting down, schools are closing, houses are being demo'd by the thousands - like lights being turned out one by one, "Detropia" powerfully captures a city fighting not to go dark.
Artfully - perhaps too artfully - illustrates the transformation of the Motor City from a middle-class utopia to an urban nightmare of blight, crime and fleeing residents.
Detropia is everything you think it's going to be: educational, emotional and highly depressing. Yet, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing's documentary portrait of Detroit, America's noted city of industry, is not a static picture of decay.
Bleak but aesthetically quenching documentary on how the once great industrial city of Detroit has in modern times become a car wreck.
A hard-hitting yet lyrical documentary about the current economic woes of once prosperous Detroit, an iconic American city.
A sobering, sentimental journey through crumbling Detroit -- but one lacking any real intellectual punch.
The film at its best is a sort of visual essay or tone poem composed of haunting, paradoxically beautiful images of urban ruin that sometimes appears almost post-apocalyptic...
Grady and Ewing, employing the observational, often visually poetic style that has become their trademark, capture this city at a crossroads.
'Detropia' is a tone poem, an impressionistic mosaic that gives you a sense of the city and a pandemic of pessimism that challenges those who elect to stay.
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