Selma

(Ava DuVernay, 2014)

with Jess de Martine, BAM Rose Cinema, 2/13/15

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What a maddening mixed bag this is.  The editing is distracting and disorienting, violating every known rule of visual storytelling, to no obvious purpose.  Some scenes are awkward, and some are heavy-handed, while others are measured and nuanced and alive with insight.  Martin Luther King remains a bit of a cipher throughout, half-humanized and half-mythologized – both familiar and unknowable.  The crowd scenes have great visual impact and symbolic power, and the backroom scenes provide a fascinating glimpse at the strategy behind the symbolism.  All in all, there’s a lot to admire here – and a lot to regret, too.

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