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Huie's Sermon (1981)

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Preacher as rock star.
30 April 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Pretty much the title tells it all, its a sermon by a pastor in a church in a run down part of Brooklyn. The Camera pretty much focuses squarely on the man as he says his piece. It begins slowly and then slowly builds. Statically filmed, the camera simply watches the Reverend and never moves, this is the film equivalent of being in the church. It's a bit awkward at first since not a great deal happens but as time goes on and the emotion begins to build it becomes something to see. One is drawn into the film quite easily. No tricks, no games, no real cutaways, just the man doing what he does. More footnote then a meal this is am intriguing look at something many people don't experience. Definitely worth a look, though I would either watch this on its own or at the start of a program of Herzog's short films because odds are anything seen before this will make it tough to get through due to the static nature of the camera work and the slow building of the emotion.


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