Thursday, September 17, 2009

ISF: The History of Aviation (2009)

ISF: The History of Aviation (2009) Dir: Balint Kenyeres Date Seen: September 17, 2009 Rating: 3.75/5

The sweeping camerawork, composed mostly of tracking shots and pans, in Balint Kenyere' period piece The History of Aviation creates an entrancing atmosphere of foreboding that makes the film a pleasant surprise. It submerges what looks like a fairly straight forward narrative about a missing child into a weird tonal limbo that prevents the viewer from knowing what they should be looking for in the frame. Instead, by purposefully gliding from point to point, we share the mix of wonder and confusion the missing child has upon seeing an early Victorian plane launch off of a precipice. Rather effective, I thought.

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