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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art, 13 Aug 2011
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The Soft Machine Operator (COVENTRY, WARWICKSHIRE United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Requiem for a Village (BFI Flipside) (DVD + Blu-ray) [1975] (Blu-ray)
An obscure British experimental film from the former editor of Lindsay Anderson's IF. David Gladwell also directed "Memoirs of a survivor", a story that seems apt given the recent youth-led riots!

This is a virtually dialogue free film built scenes of an old man tending graves in a village. As he tends graves his voice-over reminisces about the people that he once knew buried there. While he tends graves, he sees the dead rise and re-enter the village church for a sermon. Then it starts to get experimental.

This is intercut with contemporary images of village life, mainly snippets of a meeting in which the village leaders attempt to form a protest against local development plans, and also of the past with plenty of slow motion shots of lost village life. Images of the present predominate when bikers invade the village.

Clearly made on a low budget, on 16mm film, this is beautiful and absorbing piece of work. The soundtrack consists of pastoral, atmospheric woodwind driven music - similar to the contemporary works of British jazz musician Bob Downes - and hymns.

The whole bundle is excellent value for money, with a detailed booklet containing notes about the film plus an interview with the director. There's also a blu-ray disc and a DVD.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 8 Aug 2011
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First saw this as a student while working one summer in London, in a film club. It took my breath away. It's a a poem, a rage, a song, a work of art, a work of beauty, a work of genius and a magnificent piece of film making. Watch it!
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorset steam fair 1964, 25 Nov 2011
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This Blu ray has three short films in its extras.The jury is I must admit still out as far as requiem goes, it was however the film about the steam fair, that I hoped would be good. Being from Dorset, the steam fair is of interest as it takes place locally, but is known internationally. This 15 min. film was beautifully shot in colour and is shown here in widescreen. The film is a little like the BTF Holiday and is quite fast paced. The editing is marvellous, as you would expect from David Gladwell. I always try to review things that others have passed over and Requiem already has two reviews, this then is what I have to add to those, another reason you might like to buy it, because if you do like the sound of those traction engines, carroselles, coloured lights and organ music etc. and if you weren't there in 64, and you wish you had been, you will love this, you can almost smell the candy floss!
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