In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora)

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Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled. The footage, all of it archival, not only reveals the state of mind of those filmed--joy, enchantment, fear, disappointment, dismay--but also sheds light on the relationship between a document and its political context. What can one say of Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, or Beijing by looking at the images of the period? Why did each of these cities produce a specific sort of record? Narrated in first person, the film reflects on that which is revealed by four sets of images: footage of the French students' uprising in May of 1968; the images captured by amateurs during the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August of the same year, when forces led by the Soviet Union put an end to the Prague Spring; shots of the funerals of students, workers, and police officers killed during the events of 1968 in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Prague, and Rio de Janeiro; and the scenes that a tourist--the director's mother--filmed in China in 1966, the year of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

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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.

    May 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A bittersweet, ruminative documentary essay composed of footage from the era accompanied by thoughtful, disarmingly personal voice-over narration.

    Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In the Intense Now is inspired more by dusty novels and Godard films than it is by the revolutionary spirit of the working class.

    May 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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