Une Histoire De Vent (1988)
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Looks like a rare find, good ol' underground cinephiles gettin' me the hookup. Since there is no description here, I'll give you one: documentary filmmaker Joris Ivens tries to film the wind. Yep. It also delves some into Chinese folklore/mythology and whathaveyou, so it turns into a poetic sort of narrative. I liked it.
"The Old Man, the hero of this tale, was born at the end of the last century, in a country where man has always striven to tame the sea and harness the wind. Camera in hand, he has traversed the 20th century in the midst of the stormy history of our time. In the evening of his life, at age 90, having survived the various wars and struggles that he filmed, the old filmmaker sets off for China. He has embarked on a mad project: to capture the invisible image of the wind."
Awesome hybrid of documentary and fiction about Joris Ivens' travels in China were he attempts to fulfill his childhood dream. It works as an elegy to Ivens' career and impending death. It's also a throwback to the earliest days of documentary as most of the scenes are blatantly staged. I was impressed by the playful, lyrical fantasies it veers into, how they both pay homage to Ivens' work from the earliest days of Melies to his previous film in China, and how they incorporate Chinese culture and myths. I haven't even mentioned how much beautifully it frames the landscapes of the Gobi desert.
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