Official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Extracted from his UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS project, Sam Green's THE WORLD'S LARGEST SHOPPING MALL (made in collaboration with Carrie Lozano) documents the extravagantly large South China Mall, a shopping center of massive proportions but few customers.
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what was the point?
I like my malls like I my beaches, extensive and empty. This may be the only mall worth visiting. Plus who doesn't love a good fish-eye lens.
visually interesting camera angles and framed shots that captured not only the emptiness of the mall but the emptiness of life as metaphor.
One of the more depressing subject matterrs I've watched in a long time. The empty mall is a pathetic sign of a future I hope we can avoid, but doesn't look likely.
Wow! Megamall in middle of nowhere at the end of no highway or freeway propped up by a government that cannot allow its failure. For this they ripped up farmland? Good documentary gives you a feel of the vastness, emptiness and pointlessness of it all.
It's like the United States 100 years ago. Everything would burn down or fall apart and we'd just start all over again. In 1875 alone, there were over 100 head on collisions across America and nobody could figure out why.
A short documentary of a hubristic mall project in Southern China that is a dismal financial failure but kept alive by the government.
It's a short film and 13 minutes won't let us get too far into the general absurdity of the Chinese real estate market or, for that matter, even the difficulties of running a shopping mall even when it works. Still, I thought this was a great little film as a window on what's going on with the Chinese economy.
Maybe they will figure out how to connect China's many Ghost Cities with this Ghost Mall. A little Ghost Train goes a long way, right? Right? Especially since China has clearly "surpassed the West." Nice film.
too big mall shopping for little china people
Fascinating film. The mall seems initially to have a bright future, but it seems so dead! Have the Chinese made a mistake in building this thing? I am looking forward to seeing how the mall evolves.
Eerie and somewhat disturbing. Beautifully shot and a fascinating story of a mall I had never heard of. (And I thought that the Mall of America was too much...wow.)