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Seldom Seen:  Peter Watkins’ Privilege - DVD Review

1 August 2008 6:53 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Let me just begin with the fact that I am loving the ‘re-discovery’ of Peter Watkins‘ filmography on DVD.  A good number of his films seemed to have skipped both repertory cinema and VHS (outside of rare and ratty VHS dubs) and remain only vaguely remembered, excluding of his Oscar winning The War Game, until the touring retrospective in 2005 which made stops in New York and Toronto.  As Terry Gilliam seems to amass a number of failed projects via large ambitions and curiously bad karma, Watkins seems to court distribution roadblocks with the combination of innovative narrative techniques (off-putting to mainstream acceptance) and confrontational up-to-the-minute politics (off-putting to conservative distributors).  To say that Watkins‘ films were ahead of their time is an understatement.  A gross one.  It is interesting that cinephiles are only catching up Watkins‘ work while the themes captured in his films are just as resonant and relevant today, »

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