Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Though not as polished as "Film," Lipman's "Notfilm" might be that rare instance where the critical commentary is of more interest than the work itself.
As a documentary, it could use a tighter edit and a more generous music score, but as a research project, it's impressive.
At times, Notfilm resembles a folly about a folly. But in his own way, which manages somehow to be both manic and meditative, Lipman makes it all come together.
For all its gifted collaborators, "Film" was not a match made in heaven. But for moviegoers who care about film not just as a title, "Notfilm" can be unreservedly recommended.
A charming, earnest, sometimes ungainly mixture of history, criticism and high-minded gossip, "Notfilm" testifies to an almost inexhaustible fascination with the pleasures and paradoxes of cinema.
Lipman finds insight and pathos in the gulf between what Beckett aspired to in Film and in what he actually achieved.
Running two hours and 10 minutes, NOTFILM offers an intriguing exploration of Beckett's wrestling with the cinematic medium.
Watching dynamics play out is fascinating, as is seeing the never-before-seen backstage bleaknesses, but just make sure you bring a cup of coffee when you see the show.
Lipman blends his detailed historical account of Film's production with good gossip and gently wandering reflections on the big questions: perception, memory, mortality, time and the fundamental nature of cinema.
...Lipman has certainly collected a lot of interesting materials ... but viewing Notfilm feels a lot like sitting through an illustrated lecture by a droning professor with no sense of drama or humor.
dense but illuminating
As tough as it is to sit through at times, it's worth the effort to get to the beautiful nuggets of gold it occasionally mines.
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