What if a Major American Filmmaker Made an Epic and Nobody Came?

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02/25/2009 5:20 PM |

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation is a 160-minute epic drama from Charles Burnett; it’s the project he was working on a couple of years ago, as the American moviegoing community was rediscovering his masterpiece Killer of Sheep. So you’d think this movie would be a pretty big deal, right? The fact that, even after a year around the festival circuit, it doesn’t seem to have found its audience — and certainly hasn’t found distribution, or much critical attention — seems to reveal rather unpleasant things about the critical community, production apparatus, moviegoing public, et cetera. Anyway, the movie plays tonight at BAM, and if you’re interested, it may be your last shot for a while.

2 Comment

  • maybe the movie isn’t that good. have you seen it?

  • No, I haven’t. (I had a screening for work last night, unfortunately.) Even if the movie’s a failure, that doesn’t change how disconcerting the lack of interest is — it’s odd when a major filmmaker fails in anonymity, without attention from any of the people you’d expect, or hope, would care.