The Elements II

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Carnival in Flanders

Tweet Review by Dean Duncan Jun 18, 2015 @deanduncan63

Saw J. Feyder’s #CarnivalInFlanders. Remains a bit obscure, historically. Truffaut-dismissed? Careful. He had no time for #PatherPanchali, either.

#CarnivalInFlanders. You can see how it might have looked like an apology for collaboration. But echoes of Aristophanes (Lysistrata, inverted) …

… Chaucer, Mozart/Da Ponte (Cosi fan Tutte, but more pro-women [cf. Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters!]) seem much stronger …

… This isn’t treason, but women as guardians & possessors of the Life Force; kind of timely, mostly timeless.

#CarnivalInFlanders. Trumpets the inspiration, the uncanny near-presence of 17th century Dutch Masters (R van R, Hals, de Hooch, etc.) …

… I’m thinking P. Brueghel the Elder: multi/multi-planed, detailed to bursting, utterly inhabited, utterly authentic. Quite a miracle!

#CarnivalInFlanders. An absolutely model of a period piece. More than that. Seems actually to have been shot in the 1660s!