Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Scenic Route















Mark Rappaport's The Scenic Route (1978) on torrent. Interesting -- almost like a cross between a painting and a nineteenth-century novel. Cool deadpan stilted dialogue, Hal Hartley style, a love triangle, ornate wallpaper, lots of frame-within-a-frame visual tricks, and an amazing dance scene. Mustaches wild!

13 comments:

  1. Wow, these still look amazing - colors, textures, composition, fashion! And very 1978 the whole thing.

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  2. this movie is great! i didn't notice all the purple while i was watching it.

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  3. I wanted to write "stills" instead of "still" - both true though. I'll watch the movie!

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  4. I remember watching this on PBS in NYC, a bit over my head as I was a kid

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  5. That's what I thought! My wife said David Cross.

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  6. Watched it and liked it - thanks again for the tipp!
    Really interesting combination of being narrative and formally unconventional. Tableaux vivants galore...
    I also love the way sound/dialogue is treated, when you see people talk but hear the voiceover.
    I also thought of Will Oldham, haha.

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  7. hey, how did your persian dance party go?

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  8. It was a lot of fun! I might post at least my set.
    Not enough purple in general and Will Oldham lookalikes in three piece suits in the crowd though.

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  9. The set is up now chez dispokino.blogspot.com
    Does not contain Doctor Love though.

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