I checked out my Nenette
DVD and it's 1.66 - and that looks about right. The big problem with the image is that it's very soft and ALL motion is blurred.
Don Lope de Aguirre wrote:
Has anyone seen her latest doc 'Vers Mathilde'?
Saw it in Hong Kong.
Part master class, part making-of doc. In case you don't already know, the Mathilde in question is Mathilde Monnier, choreographer at the Centre National Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon. The film charts the evolution of a Monnier dance piece that involves both long stretches of "walking" and cages made of lots of gigantic rubber bands. Grainy super-8 and super-16 footage.
Not much like Denis' fiction work, but engaging enough to keep me in the theater.
I saw this recently. It's pretty minor Denis, and lacks a lot of the formal virtues that make even her weaker features compelling. However, it has its points of interest if you've been following her career. Obviously, Monnier's interest in bodies in space aligns with Denis' own, and there are distinct similarities between the vernacular choreography in this film and the choreographed vernacular movements of, say, Beau travail
. Nancy is there again, raising the remote possibility that this and Vers Nancy
could be considered as the side panels of a very loose L'Intrus
triptych. And there's also the concern with adaptation across forms (music into dance into film) which Denis has herself explored in several of her recent features.
Worth catching if you're a Denis-watcher and it lands in your town, but probably not worth fretting over if it doesn't.