Model Shop Verdict Way Off the Mark

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Model Shop Verdict Way Off the Mark

Postby crux » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:51 pm

Model Shop is an interesting and worthy addition to any cinephile's library. Demy's ability to use color and photography to convey insights far beyond the actors' "acting" is very much in evidence. The arresting, hypnotic views of late-1960s Los Angeles are a treasure. The film's conclusion packs a strange, unexpected emotional wallop, and appears to have influenced such films as Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, and Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. Model Shop is art cinema, only slightly flawed, and a successful novelistic mood piece that stays in the viewer's mind long after the movie ends. It is indeed strange that in this iteration, the film is being marketed as a campy "martini movie". It is neither camp, nor a "movie", but rather arresting motion picture art that shows much in common with the strange and beautiful art photography of William Eggleston. Very much recommended.
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