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Kelly Reichardt ❮Reading❯ ➸ Kelly Reichardt Author Katherine Fusco – Thomashillier.co.uk Kelly Reichardt's 1994 debut River of Grass established her gift for a slow paced realism that emphasizes the ongoing everyday nature of emergency Her work since then has communed with yet remained ap Kelly Reichardt's debut River of Grass established her gift for a slow paced realism that emphasizes the ongoing everyday nature of emergency Her work since then has communed with yet remained apart from postwar European realisms the American avant garde independent film and the emerging slow cinema movement Katherine Fusco and Nicole Seymour read such Reichardt films as Wendy and Lucy and Night Moves to consider the root that emergency shares with emergence the slowly unfolding or the barely perceptible They see Reichardt as a filmmaker preoccupied with how environmental and economic crises affect those living on society's fringes Her spare plots and slow editing reveal an artist who recognizes that disasters are gradual with effects experienced through duration rather than sudden shock Insightful and boldly argued Kelly Reichardt is a long overdue portrait of a filmmaker who sees emergency not as a break from the everyday but as a version of it.


3 thoughts on “Kelly Reichardt

  1. F Clark F Clark says:

    Although this is an academic treatise it is one that is accessible to the average college grad which does not mean that it was completely devoid of words I had to look up The authors are both thorough and engaging in explicating Reichardt's work They do a good job of explaining slow cinema a personal favorite of mine and other terms that have been applied by themselves and other scholars to Reichardt's films They also explore the role of surveillance and the significance of Reichardt's framing choices among a host of other elements The explications are thought provoking for persons who have seen the films and should piue interest in seeing them among those who haven't Yes there are spoilers but for my money it's not what happens in Reichardt's films that is important but rather how she lays out what happensHighly recommended Read the notes and interview with Reichardt at the end of the book


  2. Garrett Peace Garrett Peace says:

    Solid intro to Reichardt's films with solid theoretical discussions—I especially like the connections made to Rob Nixon's work on slow violence and Donna Haraway's work on companion animals—but some of the conclusions reached are stretches


  3. Chris Connor Chris Connor says:

    If you like Reichardt's films this is a great analysis of her body of work I'm a fan of Reichardt's minimalism realism and her slow cinema so this was right up my alley


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