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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner1977

  • 3.9
I wanted to depict the complete [Samuel Taylor Coleridge] poem via [Gustave] Doré illustrations, yet infuse with dream-irrelevancies that would carry the film at least one step out of the realm of the merely filmic illustrations of a poem. I tried to infiltrate the world of Doré and Coleridge through the agency of Orson Welles' deep, rumbling voice. When I realized that color tint that shifted with the shot changes was not subtle enough for this film, it meant I was forced to optically print or re-make the entire film, frame by frame, on the optical printer, an ordeal which sent me off to recuperate for five months on a Greek island. - Lawrence Jordan

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I was hoping that tackling an actual story would somehow enhance Jordan's work. It doesn't. Jordan does absolutely nothing to enhance the original Coleridge work. There is less movement and drama in this than his other visual designs. The only saving grace is the voice work by a REAL director named Orson Welles. However, you could close your eyes and still get every nuance of Welles efforts here. Actually, closing your eyes would probably enhance the experience when compared to Jordan's limitations as a visual designer. This is the weakest of his visual design.

Once again, Jordan shows that he simply is nothing more than a graphic designer, with nothing really to say and no real ability to say it. His stuff is mindless and enjoyable, but there's no reason to pretend that there is anything more going into his work.

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Why would you want to be so mean about it? If you don't like his movies just stop watching them. I thought it was brilliant.

Beautifully done...remarkable in that the illustrations while not animated give you the sense of terror, as do the moving rays and color...great way to "read" this story

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Powerful recreation of Coleridge's timeless classic. I had almost forgot the majesty of Orson Welles' voice until this film. I loved the use of Dore's drawings in animation, it made the story even more unsettling.

Powerful, and beautifully illustrated. Surreal and poetic.

Welles, as with Kane's Xanadu, once more brings Coleridge's art to life.