General Orders No. 9 (2011)
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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
Jun 24, 2011 Limited
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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.
"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."
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.
It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around.
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.
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- Narrator: Could it had been some other way?
- Narrator: Deer Trail, becomes Indian Trail, becomes County Road.
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