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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Nuri Bilge Ceylan Talks Giving Up Total Control & His Accidental Embrace Of Genre Elements

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 10, 2011 11:35 AM
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Remember when there was all that hubub this summer about the necessary art of "slow and boring" cinema? Well, none of those filmmakers listed got anything on the work of Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

NYFF '11 Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 8, 2011 1:05 AM
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Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though those willing to give their attention are always struck by something special. His black and white debut "The Town" is a real toughie, containing less of a story and more of a collection of moments -- but without the presence of a narrative, Ceylan is free to discover and exhibit universal beauty that isn't dependent on deep characters or drama. A "scene" in a classroom becomes magical when a feather floats into the room, with a few children continually blowing it to stay in the air. Let the tales be told elsewhere, because without being too pretentious, this was life he was capturing in its most undiluted form.

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