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4.0 out of 5 stars documenting the poetics of the quotidian
Between the sand that "growed" (sic) and the turkey fever that mkes people tremble and relive their worst Sunday morning hangovers, the soft sound of southern vowels articulates the old weird America that Greil Marcus dreamt he heard when he listened to Dylan and The Bands recordings,`The Basement Tapes'. Errol Morris manages to find a quintessential group of characters...
Published on 24 Jun 2010 by Alan Fair

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3.0 out of 5 stars somehow average
Although "the thin blue line" is absolutely captivating from beginning to end the other two features and in particular "vernon florida" is enough to put you asleep in your sofa and never wake up. Althoug there are some bright moments these are merely what u could original in any way. Altogether two very dull feautres accompany the "gem" of this collection. If you get the...
Published on 28 Feb 2007 by Raoul Duke


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars documenting the poetics of the quotidian, 24 Jun 2010
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Alan Fair (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Errol Morris Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Between the sand that "growed" (sic) and the turkey fever that mkes people tremble and relive their worst Sunday morning hangovers, the soft sound of southern vowels articulates the old weird America that Greil Marcus dreamt he heard when he listened to Dylan and The Bands recordings,`The Basement Tapes'. Errol Morris manages to find a quintessential group of characters that define, without seeking, a peculiar version of reality. A man holds a fork, echoes of `American Gothic', and discusses the wrigglers and his own, superior, knowledge of these creatures that, if you didn't know better, you would swear were mythical animals befitting of amulets and statuary rather than the worms that they are. Morris has the ability to frame a shot as though its edges demand gilded plaster rather than the limits of projection. In the fetid atmosphere of the pan handle hamlet we are allowed to discover the meaning of life in its absurd quotidian realness. At just the right distance we watch a man wheel barrow a possum and gently kick the backside of a tortoise. The man's effortless speech patterns are mirrored by the perambulations of his carapaced companion. 55 minutes in the company of these neighbors of the swamp makes you realise that not all of the absurdity of the world is found in your dreams. Morris knows about the rhythms of speech and the rhythms of film and manages the two in a contrapuntal sonata, this is the music of America's other dreams. This is the kind of film that truely adds to our understanding of who we are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a polite disagreement, 23 May 2008
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K. Sutherland (Brighton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Errol Morris Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Vernon, Florida is easily the best Errol Morris film. I love Gates of Heaven, and some of the others are fascinating, but if you want to see a documentary that flouts every ethical firewall, outstrips Herzog's Fata Morgana and gets the simian ready for Harmony Korine's Gummo, peel your lids back for *this*. It's among the films I most enjoy subjecting my friends to, it regularly makes even sober minds scream. The first time I saw it I was so excited I vomited.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Aug 2014
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9 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars somehow average, 28 Feb 2007
This review is from: The Errol Morris Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Although "the thin blue line" is absolutely captivating from beginning to end the other two features and in particular "vernon florida" is enough to put you asleep in your sofa and never wake up. Althoug there are some bright moments these are merely what u could original in any way. Altogether two very dull feautres accompany the "gem" of this collection. If you get the chance buy the thin blue line separately.
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