The Lost City of Z
First screened in April 2017 / Most recently screened in May 2017
Director: James Gray. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley, Clive Francis, Pedro Coelho, Matthew Sunderland, Johann Myers, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Murray Melvin, Elena Solovey. Screenplay: James Gray (based on the book by David Grann).

Twitter Capsule: In which history and planet are vast and full of paradox, and we invent new faiths all the time, to keep going.

Second Capsule: Raft and rifle. Liana and barbed wire. Idealism, disillusion. All one world, all polluted, sometimes beautiful.

Third Capsule: Maybe a smidge less besotted this time but so impressed with even-paced editing and with operatic story sense.

VOR:   Some durable tropes of the imperial adventure film persist but the film constructs unique and nuanced psychic and social frames on its events.

Photo © 2016 Plan B Entertainment, © 2017 Amazon Studios

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

(in April 2017: A–)

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