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    Reader comments on Grande Ecole

    Subject: Appalling review
    Date: Jan 31, 2005
    Sender: Ashley TellisPrevious | Next

    Joshua Tanzer should really give up writing film reviews if his illiterate, ill-informed and cheesy review of Grande Eclose is anything to go by. Grande Ecole is an extraordinarly challenging film. It is based on a play and is true to the spirit of its theatricality and its literartiness. It transforms both cinematically through a variety of painstaking techniques and its artificiality and archness, that Tanzer sees as its weaknesses are, in fact, its strengths. Tanzer obviously does not understand a word of the film. From his very first illiterate comment, it is clear that he should learn some humility; paul's girlfriend goes to he Ecole Normale Superieure and he to a technical school to do an MBA, hence the comment.

    The students at the business school are not all white, if tanzer had paid any attention to the bodies which he claims to have spent most of the time watching anyway and racial politics plays an important part of the film: with the workers in the school, the Arab lover, the Sri lankan torture victims. What is exposed through all this is the utter racism of the affluent French and this is well-done in the film. Its racial politics deserves much deeper analysis for which there is no space here but it is far from thoughtless.

    There are many elements to the film because there are many elements to contemporary life and that is what the film is also about: the dissolution of a monolithic conception of any any identities: from French society to sexuality.

    The sexual politics of the film also require much deeper analysis but can by no means be reduced to just the bodies of the protagonists.

    Please see this film. It is thought-provoking and very beautifully executed. It has the estrangement techniques of Fasbinder and the aesthetisicm of Antonioni. See it and please ignore Tanzer's panzer-man review.



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    Comment index:

  • Attack Of The Clones' dialogue.   from Matthew, Jun 8, 2004
  • Re: Attack Of The Clones' dialogue.   from Darron, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Appalling review «   from Ashley Tellis, Jan 31, 2005
  • Re: Appalling review   from emilio, Dec 24, 2005
  • Re: Appalling review   from Mikaki, Feb 8, 2007
  • Re: Appalling review   from Mike, Sep 23, 2007
  • Re: Appalling review   from Chris, Nov 28, 2007
  • Grande Ecole   from Scott Willams, Feb 1, 2005
  • on grade ecole   from matt, Feb 15, 2005
  • SOUNDTRACK / Bande sonore du film   from Oxbridge, Nov 5, 2005
  • bad review JOSHUA   from tom, Nov 5, 2005
  • Agradecimiento   from Misael, Jun 4, 2006
  • Re: Agradecimiento   from Vero, Nov 16, 2006
  • Agradecido tambiŽn   from AndrŽs Concha, May 30, 2007
  • Grande Ecole review   from jdburkitt, Jan 21, 2007
  • On Grande Ecole   from nicolavarvazzo, Jun 10, 2007
  • True meaning?   from Louis John F, Jul 3, 2007
  • Attack Of The Clones' dialogue.   from Matthew, Jun 8, 2004
  • Re: Attack Of The Clones' dialogue.   from Darron, Nov 24, 2004
  • » Appalling review «   from Ashley Tellis, Jan 31, 2005
  • Re: Appalling review   from emilio, Dec 24, 2005
  • Re: Appalling review   from Mikaki, Feb 8, 2007
  • Re: Appalling review   from Mike, Sep 23, 2007
  • Re: Appalling review   from Chris, Nov 28, 2007
  • Grande Ecole   from Scott Willams, Feb 1, 2005
  • on grade ecole   from matt, Feb 15, 2005
  • SOUNDTRACK / Bande sonore du film   from Oxbridge, Nov 5, 2005
  • bad review JOSHUA   from tom, Nov 5, 2005
  • Agradecimiento   from Misael, Jun 4, 2006
  • Re: Agradecimiento   from Vero, Nov 16, 2006
  • Agradecido tambiŽn   from AndrŽs Concha, May 30, 2007
  • Grande Ecole review   from jdburkitt, Jan 21, 2007
  • On Grande Ecole   from nicolavarvazzo, Jun 10, 2007
  • True meaning?   from Louis John F, Jul 3, 2007