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Stone1992

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If ever a film replicated the state of dreaming, STONE does. Which is not to say it is, in the classical sense, surreal; but it has the flow and fugitive feeling of a half-remembered reverie, full of mysteries, portents, inexplicable happenings, and chimerical objects. Set in (and filmed in the actual) Chekhov museum, STONE centers on the relationship between a young museum guard and an older visitor who seems at different times to be a lover, a doctor, or a surrogate father. Shot in evanescent black and white with a sound track of silences, breathing, natural sounds and fragments of classical music, Stone is haunting and enigmatic. - James Quandt

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This astonishing film is not shot in black and white so much as in light and darkness. In most interior shots, sharp shards of light cut across the frame - sometimes (in part) from on-screen sources. It encourages us to contemplate not just the origin of the light (as in the study of a painting, which many shots resemble), but also the power of the light (and its absence in vast swaths of obscure screen space) to generate an emotional reaction to a scene.

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This astonishing film is not shot in black and white so much as in light and darkness. In most interior shots, sharp shards of light cut across the frame - sometimes (in part) from on-screen sources. It encourages us to contemplate not just the origin of the light (as in the study of a painting, which many shots resemble), but also the power of the light (and its absence in vast swaths of obscure screen space) to generate an emotional reaction to a scene.

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I find THovet's review profound. I think it is a mistake to analyze this movie as you watch it, to figure out what it is about. To me it is open to resonances and doesn't have an certain explanation. You bring yourself to the movie and your own resonances. It seems the sort of movie where there would have to be extremely different reactions, depending on the viewer' own hidden resources. They might not be aware of these themselves, so the movie could open some inner doors to hopefully find peace and acceptance.

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really amazing b&w but no idea where i am everything seems squeezed in time_i had no idea that it was shot in a museum_and the young guy is or was a guard_but they somehow are together as maybe lovers maybe father & son maybe past & present_i'm glad we got to go outside_where everything seems even more unreal