Limite: I think we're going to need a bigger boat
Limite is a film by poetic (and one film only) filmmaker Mario Peixoto about four people on a boat who remember their lives through flashbacks while still hanging tough in the boat for about two hours of film time. I get it! I get it already!..it's a real art piece and a lot of the images are pretty interesting most of the time, though I began to find the enterprise a bit tedious after awhile.
But wait!...Limite's story may be better if you study some of the legend surrounding the film. It was thought lost for years. It had a reputation for being influential of cinematic style for years even though no one was able to see it! Orson Welles was a famous Limite devotee. The film was restored frame by frame in recent years leading up to a 2017 Criterion release (Martin Scorsese is also a fan...Surprise!). It is also regarded as perhaps the most important film in Brazilian cinema.
If you want to read a nice in-depth article on everything Limite in about ten pages, I recommend the article referenced below, which is available on some online databases.
The Lie That Told the Truth (Self) publicity strategies and the myth of Mario Peixoto's Limite
-Bruce Williams, Film History, volume 17, pp.392-403.
Not a fan.ReplyDelete
I have to say, when the Tome of Knowledge tries to justify the presence of a film based on who liked it, I think they're grasping at straws.
And I'll take Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge over Limite any day.Delete
I have to agree with Steve. That is a sure sign that the movie will be problematic. Until I reached the experimental movies of the early sixties I was convinced this would be the worst, most pointless movie on the list. Now I am not so certain and that is not to the benefit of Limité.ReplyDelete
I liked the article I sighted much more than the actual film.ReplyDelete