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General Orders No. 9 (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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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

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Robert Persons

Mar 20, 2012

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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.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.

November 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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"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."

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Much of this commentary, equally in awe of progress and suspicious of it, is strikingly sincere.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
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[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.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
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It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

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.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

The film haphazardly follows the self-destructive path by which, in its own words, "deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road becomes interstate."

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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    1. Narrator: Could it had been some other way?
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    1. Narrator: Deer Trail, becomes Indian Trail, becomes County Road.
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