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18 Ratings

Directed by Johann Lurf
Austria, 2017
Documentary, Avant-Garde


Lurf’s film is a pandemonium of the most beautiful and the saddest dreams, a ballet of brightly lit gas clouds, a symphony of human fears and rescue fantasies.

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Directed by Johann Lurf

Critics reviews

With both [The Grand Bizarre and ★] utilizing structuralist techniques and owing their form to the history of special effects and animation, their manner of highlighting the dynamic range of patterns found on each frame of a film constitutes a cinematic experience that causes the screen to feel more like a fabric adorned in patterns (to borrow the sentiment from Giuliana Bruno).
December 28, 2018
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Viennese experimental filmmaker Johann Lurf’s latest film ★ is a moving and surprisingly whimsical gem of cinematic archeology of the heavens. It is an astral archive of the stars throughout 115 years of film history and a rapturous celebration of the scope of our imagination to capture that which will be forever beyond our reach—the clear nighttime sky dotted with those blinking specks of eternal light.
May 02, 2018
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By turns tranquil and bombastic, humorous and hypnotic—a completely singular trip through the annals of cinema by way of a most universal visual. By moving chronologically from the silent era to the present day, Lurf has charted a kind of alternate history of the moving image.
March 03, 2018

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