En la Ciudad de Sylvia

An evening watching Jose Luis Guerin’s “En la ciudad de Silvia”.FACES. The surface of things. A slow gaze….a distinctive Bressonian quality (even chromatically). The city: Strasbourg. The rhythm of life (strange how pedestrians seem to participate in a silent choreographed activity) yet something artificial…staged, though not in a negative way. The city would be too beautiful if it were not for the imposing trams and street noise. The fruitless search for a girl from a brief past encounter six years before. Absence: the melancholy pursuit of intangible things….something about the nature of film in its own right. The dance scene in “Les Aviateurs” made me think of Eric Rohmer!

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