"Presumably following its literary and cinematic predecessors"
I'm all for a negative review and different opinions about movies, but this review just feels like an attack on French culture. And I disagree. Eric Rohmer is great.
Mr. Grella's sad commentary inspires ennui. While he is criticizing the camera level - a huge shortcoming I'm sure - he spends not one word on emotion, attraction, lust or the capacity we humans have for suffering. The film deserves much better understanding before it is criticized so bluntly. But, then, what could one expect an American, albeit from Rochester, to know about the finer points of love, life or philosophy?
Also, I hope some of Mr. Northrop's sarcasm and wit (and dare I say self-awareness of his elevated mental faculties as compared to other born slaves) come through, though that might be even harder to translate into the film.
Right on. I read the book and it was. .. difficult to stomach. I hope the film captured some of Mr Northrop's ingenuity and his pondering over the nuances of cotton-picking talent and effective sugar cane harvesting (two topics of which I can scarcely imagine), his descriptions of which were really practical; a learned man indeed that heaps of injustice nearly broke.
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