Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Jane Campion The Cinema Woman (2022) Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2023


It begins with Jane Campion sitting on the stage with all the directors at what looks to be the Cannes film festival.  She is the only woman. It’s a telling moment that says a great deal both about Campion’s status in world cinema as well as the state of world cinema in that she is the only woman in the bunch.

A look at the life and career of the great director made up of largely interview footage from TV interviews and festival Q&A’s is a glorious exploration.  Frankly the method of weaving together so many bits makes this into the sort of doc that conventional docs can match because the filmmakers actually have her on camera saying everything that needs to be said.

At the same time the piece meal nature of the assembly creates an odd feeling because there are times it feels like this is a paste up job. It might  be technically that but the truth is the insight out ways any notion of that. This is kind of like the cinematic equivalent of the Filmmaker on filmmaker book series which collects interviews.

Quibble aside if you love film this is a must, more so if you are a Campion fan.

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