General Orders No. 9 (2011)
One last trip down the rabbit hole before it's paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial rites, and excavations. A story told with maps, dreams, and prayers. A map lesson in three parts. A history of the State of Georgia - or Anywhere. General Orders No. 9 is an epic meditation of the American South, a natural history of flora and fauna, of material culture and public space. It is an articulation of "a world entire", a world of surreal and hermetic atmosphere. It is a prayer of deep emotion and a prophecy of a terminal future. -- (C) Official Site … More
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The filmmaker reportedly spent 11 years putting this film together - and for the unlucky viewer, sitting through this numbing and pointless work can seem like an 11-year stretch.
Persons' short quasi-documentary doesn't offer specific solutions to toxic modernity, but the film itself is a temporary fix for fallen spirits.
An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.
[VIDEO] "General Orders No. 9" is an experimental film that is more art instillation than feature film. "Peculiar Flatulence 173" would be just as apt a title-and it would add entertainment value.
It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around.
"General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen."
The type of film that demands viewers to submerge themselves in it like a pool of water -- anything less, and it will seem hopelessly abstract.
General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry.
This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility.
Much of this commentary, equally in awe of progress and suspicious of it, is strikingly sincere.
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