The Illinois Parables

2016, Documentary, 1h

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Regional vignettes about faith, technology and exodus.

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  • This accomplished essay film may focus on our state, but Stratman's real concern is state power in the larger sense...Connecting all this are sweeping aerial shots that capture the beauty of the plains without obscuring the blood spilled to claim them.

    April 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An absorbing celluloid meditation on geography and history.

    November 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Stratman often juxtaposes static, serene landscape footage with an increasingly agitated soundtrack, arriving at an odd consonance amid so much dissonance.

    November 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A meditation on history and landscape, it has the power both to soothe complicated feelings about America and to inflame them.

    November 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Even more diverse than the film's historical material is its eccentric mash-up of styles and approaches.

    November 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not a documentary, and it's not really history, either; it's most like an essay, where the various threads and motifs gain meaning from being placed next to one another.

    March 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • This accomplished essay film may focus on our state, but Stratman's real concern is state power in the larger sense...Connecting all this are sweeping aerial shots that capture the beauty of the plains without obscuring the blood spilled to claim them.

    April 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An absorbing celluloid meditation on geography and history.

    November 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Stratman often juxtaposes static, serene landscape footage with an increasingly agitated soundtrack, arriving at an odd consonance amid so much dissonance.

    November 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A meditation on history and landscape, it has the power both to soothe complicated feelings about America and to inflame them.

    November 16, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Thematically linked experimental documentary "suite" uses strong resonant images, with some re-enactments, to show how the land and prairie landscape don't forget the past.

    July 16, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • It's rich with imaginative, suggestive raptures and ecstatic banalities (damp country roads, buildings ablaze, tornados, lazy waterways, snow-choked paths). Illinois dreams: mute landscape remains. It's strange history; ours.

    April 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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