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    "A fast, complex, exhilarating roadster ride through history and time.... Kino is an intoxicating Euro-brew, written with enormous skill and dedication." — Frederick Barthelme

    "Jürgen Fauth's deft mashup of genre and historical period is both a full-throttle literary thriller of ideas and a contemplative examination of film and fascism. Kino is a debut of great intellectual  force."– Teddy Wayne

    "A surprising alternative history. Kino brings the golden age of German cinema to light with loving, sometimes gritty, detail and great precision." – Neal Pollack, author of Jewball.

    "A delirious melange of conspiracy, magic, sex, history, bad behavior, and cinema, Kino is a stellar entertainment, and Jürgen Fauth is a writer of rare, sinister imagination." – Owen King, author of Reenactment

    "A light-hearted romp that leads straight into darkness and back through the shadows on the wall."– Ben Loory, author of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

    "Movie nuts arise! A happy and felicitous debut."– Terese Svoboda

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The thing that nobody seems willing to say is that the biographical sketches that emerge from Michael Apted’s ongoing experiment in “longitudinal” documentary filmmaking are actually pretty depressing. The reason for this isn’t that life sucks and we all get it in the end, but it’s the format: even the most generous collaborator (Tony was at the press conference, and lovin’ every minute) will only put so much of his life into the movie. So instead of getting the good stuff, we’re stuck with endless variations of the outlines: summaries of jobs, marriages, divorces, kids, grandkids, rinse, repeat. That’s interesting as far as it goes (the odd ones out, like hobo-turned-politician Neal, are the most compelling), but nobody really shares what’s most fascinating about them. By the time we get a sense of all that they’re not telling us, we’re off to catch up with the next person. As a result, they feel strangely less real than most fictional characters, which are usually realized much more fully. (Bonus thought: seems that “reality” TV has learned to deal with some of these problems, but they do it through fictional means?)

49 Up. Michael Apted, 2005. ***

[tags]3 stars, film, michael apted, documentary, biography, england[/tags]

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