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    Reader comments on The World

    Subject: Re: A Window onto The World
    Date: May 20, 2009
    Sender: jodyPrevious | Next

    You didn't defend this long self-undulgent boring load of crap,you just offered some pin-head arguments about cultural differences and tolerance. Wake up. The director's sense of film syntax and film pace is so amateurish as to be insulting. If you want a brilliant but different attack on narrative, see Godard or Bresson or Pasolini or Oshima. This director is like a guy running a high school play: inept but all powerful. When you see his name on a film RUN!

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    Response to this comment:
    A Window onto The World

    I think some viewers have effectively been blinded by their western cultural conditioning (such as the author of the damning review of ăThe Worldä who near confesses this...making the review even more lazy and arrogant). Ashame, since they are unable to appreciate the beauty of this film and it seems obvious that they totally miss the point!

    Impatient because not instantly given a western consumer cocktail of pyrotechnic drama and action, ie. facile sensationalism, the author, who if he posts the review must claim some degree of artistic sensibility, is totally insensitive to other modes of experiencing, seeing and representing other than his own. How parochial.

    The film does not present a linear plot with boisterous action, so letâs instantly dispose of it: HELLO, the isolated individuals and events, the disjointed reality, the lack of narrative direction in ăThe Worldä, couldnât that also be the directorâs skilful evocation of the dislocated, dead-end reality of the protagonists, whose lives, though being shaped by the movement of globalisation, are poignantly static, harsh and without hope or direction· as for many non-winners in globalisation? The characters live in a theme park that ostensibly covers the globe and offers unlimited horizons but itâs all a mirage·and one that subtly points out the problematic of the thrust of globalisation: its differing impact on economies and cultures·

    And thatâs not mentioning that the film reviewer TOTALLY neglects a specific cultural context and film history, where a quieter, more subtle, contemplative and suggestive way of filming and depicting might be deliberately chosen and more artistically powerful and appropriate·

    I think the reviewer is somewhat lazy and conceited and indeed, I would say to him you ăjust donât get itä! I would suggest to the reviewer that if he doesnât have the imagination to tackle non-western films and open the window of the western mindset for the duration of a film, then donât bother reviewing anything other than Mickey Mouse.








    Comment index:

  • I couldn't agree more with this review   from ida, Apr 27, 2005
  • Re: I couldn't agree more with this review   from Zhale, Jun 12, 2005
  • A Window onto The World   from LNC, Jul 3, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from Vtaltos, Oct 30, 2005
  • » Re: A Window onto The World «   from jody, May 20, 2009
  • [no subject]   from oy, Nov 27, 2005
  • your posting sucks   from Aleshka, Mar 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from ryan, Mar 15, 2007
  • 'the world' criticism addressed   from a student, Apr 19, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from Mal Perry, Dec 5, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from stel22, Mar 27, 2008
  • Showbiz a yawn   from John Davis, Oct 12, 2007
  • the world   from Christopher, Jan 2, 2008
  • the world   from wren, Sep 1, 2010
  • I couldn't agree more with this review   from ida, Apr 27, 2005
  • Re: I couldn't agree more with this review   from Zhale, Jun 12, 2005
  • A Window onto The World   from LNC, Jul 3, 2005
  • Re: A Window onto The World   from Vtaltos, Oct 30, 2005
  • » Re: A Window onto The World «   from jody, May 20, 2009
  • [no subject]   from oy, Nov 27, 2005
  • your posting sucks   from Aleshka, Mar 25, 2006
  • [no subject]   from ryan, Mar 15, 2007
  • 'the world' criticism addressed   from a student, Apr 19, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from Mal Perry, Dec 5, 2007
  • Re: 'the world' criticism addressed   from stel22, Mar 27, 2008
  • Showbiz a yawn   from John Davis, Oct 12, 2007
  • the world   from Christopher, Jan 2, 2008
  • the world   from wren, Sep 1, 2010