What Got This Director Here?: Tree of Wooden Clogs.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A. (I missed the chance to see Tree in theaters because of an event conflict, which I’m really mad about.)
What Did I Watch: Il Posto.
Where Does He Fit: Il Posto’s main detriment is the lead, who is over-underacting if such a thing is possible. This isn’t a major detriment, though, as the part is meant to be someone boring and flat who winds up in a Kafka type of employment, thwarted from being in love and stuck buying expensive clothing meant to impress, only to wind up separated altogether. It’s a miserable experience, in a way, but there’s something very relaxing about all this architecture, like Antonioni’s La Notte rendered as a working environment rather than a social one. Perhaps that’s the more fitting use of such foreboding structures.
Most Valuable Asset: Sad sense of realism.
Most Excited For: Tree of Wooden Clogs.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Sure.
Coming Up Next: African American experience chronicler, Charles Burnett.