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Alternately engaging and a bit muddled, the film looks at the years 1966-68 as seen in China; in France, with the May 1968 student uprising; and in Czechoslovakia, with the Soviet invasion, three months later, and its aftermath.
In the end, the political confusions of Salles's movie, which seem all of a piece with the political confusions of that era, sit small beside its achievement as a document of an incendiary time.
The combination of archival bounty with Salles' touching analysis has a hypnotic effect, serving up the past plus reflection, garnished with a resonant melancholy about the ebb and flow of uprisings.
Moreira Salles's found-footage study of revolutionaries in the streets of Paris, Prague, and other countries in 1968 would stand as an invaluable assemblage simply on the basis of its archival finds alone.
A bittersweet, ruminative documentary essay composed of footage from the era accompanied by thoughtful, disarmingly personal voice-over narration.
The ultimate rejection of the movement - or, less fantastically, the mere 'moving on' of the people - is a frightening sting in the tail to recognise in this 50-years-later moment of societal unrest.
Outstanding. [Full Review in Spanish]
The movie is unique in its ability to put the viewer inside of the mind-frame of an explosive time that seemed so far away-until today.
[This] immersive cine-essay-style documentary unreservedly evokes its title - its intensity not only evident in its chronicle of the past, but in its clear parallels with the present.
Fire, fury, frenzy, fraternity. Salles' narration remains deeply personal even as the kaleidoscopic imagery bursts forth in grandiloquent poetry. Cataclysm awaits. So much history ahead. Such dense, ordered beauty behind.
The material for a much better film existed here, but it called for a lot more editing and a different perspective.
An elegiac look back at 1968 when students challenged the status quo across the planet and a reminder of how much we have lost since the return to bourgeois normalcy.
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