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General Orders No. 9 (2009)

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One last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial ... See full summary »

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One last trip down the rabbit hole before it gets paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial rites, and excavations. A story told with maps, dreams, and prayers. A map lesson in three parts. A history of the State of Georgia - or Anywhere. Deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road. Written by Anonymous

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Narrator: We're lost without a map/ But well mis-placed./ Bring us doubt upon doubt;/ Bless us and break us/ With mystery upon mystery./ The Lord loves a broken spirit./ Pray that we are well broken...
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Boredom has never been so antagonistic
10 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I'm good with long movies, with slow-moving pictures, with films that don't offer obvious filmmaker/viewer interfaces. Give me Tarkovsky, bring on Antonioni, please release the Cremaster Cycle! General Orders No. 9 has to be the most painfully slow, ultimately meaningless film I am aware of. It took six or seven tries to watch end to end.

How the filmmaker imagined he might engage an audience with glacially slow, albeit lovely, images set to distant distorted Larghissimo echoey harpsichord music... What tranquilizer produces such a langorous, pretentious, catatonic film? Visually, from time to time, it is very appealing, but so is a drive across Death Valley. In a drive across an empty vista, the passenger is expected to fall asleep.

Sorry, but not being from Georgia, US, or Georgia, Eurasia, I can't be tickled into enthusiasm by antique maps.

The turning hare with a pipe in his mouth on the cover promises a kind of surreal adventure. This movie was all sleep and no dreams. If a team of filmmakers set out to produce a more tedious film experience, they could never achieve the triumph of.... What was it called? It doesn't matter.


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