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Kanal (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on July 28, 2009

For years I’ve wanted this movie in my collection, but it was only available (except as a cheapo import which I feared would be low-quality) as part of Criterion’s Wajda box set.  With a big Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble, I decided to grab the whole set and eBay the other two movies.  But now I’ve decided to just sell the whole set.  Not that this isn’t a great movie… it certainly is.  It’s just not the kind of thing I’m ever going to feel like popping in for a new viewing.  I don’t know why exactly.  I don’t have an aversion to depressing movies or anything.  I guess I just got everything I needed from it the first time.  I no longer feel like the composer character is out of place.  Rather, I feel like everyone going crazy (to lesser degrees than the composer, but still) feels a little bit phony.  Nonetheless, a harrowing and incredibly well-photographed film.  Rating: 9


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