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4 Films by Otar Iosseliani (Disc 2 of 2) back to product details

Charming, picturesque
written by estherjane March 20, 2007 - 10:25 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
More portrait than plotline, these two. Iosseliani is a master of composition not only of image but of sound. There's an undercurrent of music and sometimes layers of sounds, not always connected to the image but complimenting or adding more information. Listen while you watch.
...Singing Blackbird:
A young musician hustles his way through a variety of interactions. His running away or running toward the next adventure is met with varying degrees of tolerance from others. There are repeated themes of observation and of near mishaps (either caused by or saving him through his restlessness?).
A classical quartet spends the summer in a picturesque farming community that is anything but peaceful. The cinematography is stunning. Contrasts are everywhere: trains and tractors, innocent animals coexisting with the violence of rural life- slaughter, storms, scyths. There is a near constant soundtrack of folk singing just under the goings-on, just beautiful.


(Average 7.22)
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