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 Post subject: The Great Landscapes Thread
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 8:30 am 
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Do people have recommendations for films featuring industrial landscapes as a setting or industry in general as a theme of the film?

Films like The Red Desert (Antonioni), Pitfall (Teshigahara), Still Life (Jia), Manufactured Landscapes (Burtynsky & Baichwal) etc


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Eraserhead comes to mind


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Thanks, but I've already seen it


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Tetsuo


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Parts of Ruttmann's "Berlin: Die Sinfonie der GroƟstadt" might qualify.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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PBR Streetgang wrote:
Do people have recommendations for films featuring industrial landscapes as a setting or industry in general as a theme of the film?

Films like The Red Desert (Antonioni), Pitfall (Teshigahara), Still Life (Jia), Manufactured Landscapes (Burtynsky & Baichwal) etc


I'd have to think about this, but I too love this kind of a setting in film. Great thread idea tm. There's just something about the decay of it all that gets to me, it's oddly beautiful and 'comforting' in a weird way. Red Desert and Still Life are some favorites of mine of course.

I'd say most Bela Tarr films fit the glove, especially Damnation. A lot of earlier Ozu films also set themselves in a more industrial milieu than from his later work which are more modernized/bourgeois. The Only Son is another good choice, tho I must admit, because of his idiosyncratic style (even then), Ozu's handling of it has much different effects than the drift-y experiences I get from this category usually. And I would surmise that it's because he handles his actors more prominently with a higher emphasis on pathos to detract you from feeling too 'lived in' or seeing it as an exotic wonder like an Antonioni or Tarr film. Those dudes are purposefully detached so you notice those details of the environment, not to mention it serves their usual themes of alienation ideally. Ozu in contrast made a legacy of constantly staying balanced between character and environment.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Another obvious choice is the second half of Stalker.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Berlin and Tetsuo are great, and so is Stalker obviously. I haven't yet seen Damnation, but I really want to and the landscapes I'm thinking of would fit Tarr beautifully.

For wanta the Oshima fan, there's the wonderful A Town of Love and Hope which is set near a bunch of factories and has the industry as a constant backdrop. It's also a great film.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Could we change this to a general landcape/theme thread? For example, you're looking for a film about lost love or something set in an atmospheric forest, you can just ask for recs here.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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i went to campy movies mentally upon seeing the title -- the warriors, repoman, fritz the cat

maybe sweet,sweetback or killing of a chinese bookie


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Sergei Eisenstein's "Strike". Sorry if that's too obvious a recommendation.


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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Quinnsy Lohan wrote:
Could we change this to a general landcape/theme thread? For example, you're looking for a film about lost love or something set in an atmospheric forest, you can just ask for recs here.

sure - how do you go about renaming a thread?


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 Post subject: Re: Industrial Landscapes in films
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PBR Streetgang wrote:
sure - how do you go about renaming a thread?

Edit the subject field of the first post.


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