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Lyrical Nitrate & The Forbidden Quest (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Running Time: 121 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Real Ghosts by ZenBones April 3, 2006 - 11:16 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I'm giving this a perfect score because of the amount of imagination and creativity that went into making both beautiful art and thrilling storytelling, simply from bits of films that are nearly a hundred years old. Lyrical Nitrate is the 'art' film; a mental collage of the people and landscapes of our past. I say 'mental collage' because as the title suggests, some of the nitrate of these antique filmstrips have melted away, leaving us ghostly images that at times seem to look like ectoplasm, forcing us to imagine what is now unseen. That with the incredible music (mostly scratchy 78 recordings of Caruso and the like) give us that eerie feeling like we are not so much looking at history, but at ghostly images of our ancestors. Most of the imagery is so stunning that - especially with the slow-motion effects - we feel we are looking at impressionist paintings that are literally breathing. This stuff is INCREDIBLY beautiful! Not all of it is fascinating, but it leaves as deep an impression in one's mind as any dream

"Forbidden Quest" is the 'thrilling storytelling' film. Once again we have bits of real footage, but director Peter Delpeut has integrated them with a story that is told by J.C. Sullivan (really an actor playing Sullivan), the only survivor of a tragic expedition to the South Pole. His story is sort of a mixture of the real-life trials of the Shackleton expedition, Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and TS Eliot's "The Wasteland". Joseph O'Conor (Sullivan) is a brilliant storyteller in fact, at times I wanted to close my eyes and imagine I was listening to a radio play, but of course then I would be missing the amazing real images! I was all welled up with emotion by the time this thing was over because it was done with so much care and imagination: like a novel come to life. I was also done in because this DVD has probably only been seen by a proverbial handful of people. Permit yourself to take up the quest to try something you've never seen in cinema: a mixture of the real and the imagined married to a haunting score and meticulous attention to detail.

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(Average 7.24)
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