In Memoriam 1942 – 2013 “Roger Ebert loved movies.”

RogerEbert.com

Ad Astra

This is rare, nuanced storytelling, anchored by one of Brad Pitt’s career-best performances and remarkable technical elements on every level. It’s a special film.

Where's My Roy Cohn?

"Homosexuals have AIDS. I have liver cancer." That corrosive line from Tony Kushner's acclaimed play "Angels in America" is delivered by the character of Roy Cohn,…

Other reviews
Review Archives

Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

Other reviews
Great Movie Archives
Other articles
Blog Archives

The Unloved, Part 62: Sweet Movie

"If you find this review unsatisfactory, so do I: The movie defies criticism even while it seems to demand it, and I keep on thinking about it even while I know I'm not getting anywhere." 

That's Roger Ebert on "Sweet Movie," which he saw when it was still new and setting fire to his critical faculties. He interviewed its director Dušan Makavejev and described their encounter thusly: He grins. He is a big, bear-like man with an embracing personality, and he tells the story as if we're supposed to see the perfect humor of it all, not learn a lesson. Then he says, "That's what I'd like my films to do - to bring people to see in themselves things they might otherwise never accept." Later Ebert would call the man "one of the great free spirits of moviemaking in our time."

I agree even if I found "Sweet Movie" a more coherent experience than Ebert. More than that I thought it revelatory, beautiful, one-of-a-kind. It changed what I knew about motion pictures. Makavejev wasn't content to make anyone else's movie. He invented his own kind of film. And "Sweet Movie" was the apex of his new form. It was too radical and fearlessly scatalogical for its time and remains too strange to catch on now. But to me, this is one of the finest films ever made. 



Advertisement

Popular Blog Posts

Netflix’s The I-Land is Almost So Bad That You Should Watch It

A review of Netflix's The I-Land, the worst show in the streaming service's history.

Who do you read? Good Roger, or Bad Roger?

This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...

Ken Burns' Country Music Series is Thought-Provoking, Joyful

The latest series from revered documentarian Ken Burns premieres on Sunday, September 15 on PBS.

TIFF 2019: Motherless Brooklyn, Anne at 13,000 Feet, The Moneychanger

On three films from TIFF, including the latest from Ed Norton.

Reveal Comments
comments powered by Disqus