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Ebert says "Worst film in history of Cannes" -- THE BROWN BUNNY

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Tommy Ceez, May 22, 2003.

  1. Tommy Ceez

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    France--Coming up for air like an exhausted swimmer, the Cannes Film Festival produced two splendid films on Wednesday morning, after a week of the most dismal entries in memory. Denys Arcand's "The Barbarian Invasion," from Quebec, and Errol Morris' documentary "The Fog of War," about Robert McNamara, are in their different ways both masterpieces about old men who find a kind of wisdom.

    But that is not the headline. The news is that on Tuesday night, Cannes showed a film so shockingly bad that it created a scandal here on the Riviera not because of sex, violence or politics, but simply because of its awfulness.

    Those who saw Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny" have been gathering ever since, with hushed voices and sad smiles, to discuss how wretched it was. Those who missed it hope to get tickets, for no other film has inspired such discussion. "The worst film in the history of the festival," I told a TV crew posted outside the theater. I have not seen every film in the history of the festival, yet I feel my judgment will stand.

    Imagine 90 tedious minutes of a man driving across America in a van. Imagine long shots through a windshield as it collects bug splats. Imagine not one but two scenes in which he stops for gas. Imagine a long shot on the Bonneville Salt Flats where he races his motorcycle until it disappears as a speck in the distance, followed by another shot in which a speck in the distance becomes his motorcycle. Imagine a film so unendurably boring that at one point, when he gets out of his van to change his shirt, there is applause.

    And then, after half the audience has walked out and those who remain stay because they will never again see a film so amateurish, narcissistic, self-indulgent and bloody-minded, imagine a scene where the hero's lost girl reappears, performs fellatio in a hard-core scene and then reveals the sad truth of their relationship.

    Of Vincent Gallo, the film's star, writer, producer, director, editor and only begetter, it can be said that this talented actor must have been out of his mind to (a) make this film and (b) allow it to be seen. Of Chloe Sevigny, who plays the girlfriend, Daisy, it must be said that she brings a truth and vulnerability to her scene that exists on a level far above the movie it is in.

    If Gallo had thrown away all of the rest of the movie and made the Sevigny scene into a short film, he would have had something. That this film was admitted into Cannes as an Official Selection is inexplicable. By no standard, through no lens, in any interpretation, does it qualify for Cannes. The quip is: This is the most anti-American film at Cannes, because it is so anti-American to show it as an example of American filmmaking.




    I did not link the whole article because it contained a typical Roger Ebert knuckleheaded political reference to which I will not spread further. Those who wish to seek it out know where to find it. This guy almost monthly has to bash the administration. Too bad, the fat bastard's a good critic.
     
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    I couldn't disagree more strongly. These comments are one of the many reasons that I really appreciate Roger Ebert. I don't think that it's anything new for him to speak his mind, as he's been doing it for years. I applaud anybody who has a voice and actually uses it. If you don't like his political comments then let him know and stop reading his column.
     
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    I love it when Ebert takes the gloves off. He has a great sense of humor.

    As for his politics, I see nothing wrong with what he said. For the most critical reason, he stated his opinion as an opinion, and he did it responsibly. Which so few folks in the entertainment industry do these days (or any days). That doesn't mean I always (or usually) agree with him. Just that I do read what he says.

    Sad to hear Cannes was Cannes, but worse, this year. It long ago ceased to be about film, in my opinion. It's about the business and the filmmakers now...not the art itself.

    Take care,
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    Charles! You really showed me!

    Went out of your way to do that, huh?

    I guess MY choice not to include a link was'nt important.
     
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    I know, Rich, and thanks for pointing that out. My comment was more general than the specific film at question here. [​IMG]
     
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    is this the reference that got some peoples panties in a bunch?
     
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    Not really that remark that got me in a bunch. Thats minor, read Eberts Review of The Life of David Gale. He breaks off, mid review, to blast Bush as Govenor of Texas on his death penalty record in the most condecending manner, then rejoins the review. The attack added nothing to the review of the film.

    Since then I notice it crop up. I saw it here, mentioned it in passing. CHOSE not to include the link. Called Ebert fat (which I think is the real motivation behind this threads anger) and a firestorm arose!
     
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    Hard to believe, ain't it?

    Are there any alternate opinions of Gallo's film, or has it been thrashed by everyone? I have to say, if he realized it wasn't going well, adding a blowjob scene might have ensured both festival exhibition and maybe even a distribution deal! Oh, my cynicism knows no bounds...
     
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    I trust that Eberts in with the film purist 'in-crowd' at Cannes and if he says everyone hated it I have to believe him. (Look at me tolerating people with dessenting opinion, I sure have matured!) When will we see the 2 disk SE with Gallo's commentary and 'uncut, unrated' version.
     
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    Everyone, let's keep on topic please. This is about the reported awfulness of Vincent Gallo's new film.

    I for one was a bit surprised to hear the reaction to Gallo's film after reading the plot synopsis. I didn't think the film would be THAT bad and therefore even allowable to screen at Caanes, but there you go. [​IMG]

    Jason
     
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    What I demand to know is why was there no Christina Ricci blowjob scene in "Buffalo '66"?
     

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