Statues Also Die (Les Statues meurent aussi) (1953)
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Well, Chris Marker wrote it and co-directed it with Resnais, so of course it's interesting. That said it's not up to the usual standards, I find myself rather un-interested in the films themes. The exoticization of art is indeed still relevant, but it also still doesn't make for an interesting film. Not bad, though, only for the hardcore fans.
Well it's no surprise that a film written by Marker and edited by Resnais ends up being really good. This is an extremely intelligent film in which Marker and Resnais offers a subversive critique of colonialism by asserting that the African art is removed from its original context as everyday and ceremonial/religious objects into mummified works of art in museums, then commodified goods by western culture's fetish for that exotic otherness. The voiceover is beautifully written though a bit too dry by Marker's standards. Even if the issue of colonialism is kind of dated, the exoticization of art is still as relevant today.
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