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Although the picture has been acknowledged by any number of critics as well as the Library of Congress, ‘Nothing But a Man’ isn’t necessarily a title that rolls off the tongue when discussing cinematic highlights of the 1960s — yet.
An appreciation for material sensuality filters through Harvey’s pictures. Textures are finely wrought; romantic portent is inescapable; and color ‘is a perception in the brain’ that she brings to almost otherworldly saturation.
Director Mike Vesely’s comments about his new film prompt a request that ‘creatives’ drop the litany of social justice platitudes that presumably gloss the subject at hand with an impenetrable sheen of righteousness.
The 12 movies in the series mounted by the Metrograph shuck the niceties of plot, character, and dialogue in favor of long takes, stolid rhythms, and occluded symbolism.
Brooks is forever fresh, startling in her contemporaneity — she still shocks. The actor can be seen in a 4K restoration of the 1929 movie, which survives as a remarkable achievement, at Film Forum.
The Paleolithic age is wonderous under the lens of director of photography Ben Fordesman, who transforms the Scottish Highlands into a Stone Age dreamscape with a suppleness worthy of Caravaggio.