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Sunday, July 16, 2017

An Arousing Quality

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 10:01 AM

MOVIE REVIEW from The New York Times

'Distance,' Sensitive Film Story

By RICHARD EDER

Published: December 22, 1975

Sometimes "Distance" is awkward and sometimes it is misconceived, but it had a central virtue lacking in a number of more elaborate and—to use a horrible word—cinematic films around.

It wants to be made. It believes in itself, in its story, in its characters; and that belief pulls viewers into it. Sometimes they are pulled too hard, or in a certain embarrassment because the sequence is obvious or excessive or telegraphed in advance.

But self-belief is an arousing quality, especially at a time when an extreme of baroque weariness gives movies such as "Three Days of the Condor" or Sam Peckinpah's "Killer Elite" the hopeless feeling that they are meant for an empty theater.

See also Log24 posts on and just after the date of Eder's demise.

A phrase of baroque weariness —

"Pull it Surprise!"

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