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Too Early/Too Late (1981)

Trop tôt/Trop tard (original title)
A sequence of shots of rural landscapes accompanied by readings of texts about the struggles of poor farmers.

Writers:

Friedrich Engels (texts: "Letter to Karl Kautsky" and "The Paesant Question in France and Germany"), Mahmoud Hussein (text: "La lutte de classe en Egypte de 1945 à 1968")
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Cast

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Danièle Huillet Danièle Huillet ... Narrator (segment A) (voice)
Bahgat Elnadi Bahgat Elnadi ... Narrator (segment B) (voice) (as Bahgat el Nadi)
Gérard Samaan Gérard Samaan ... Narrator (segment B) (voice)
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A sequence of shots of rural landscapes accompanied by readings of texts about the struggles of poor farmers.

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Edited into Communists (2014) See more »

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5 February 2017 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

Perhaps the thing that most amazes me about Huillet & Straub's films is how effortlessly cinematic they remain while being such cerebral works. The landscapes that constitute this film's visual language are among the greatest I've ever experienced in any film, conveying a sense of almost transcendent wonder at the landscapes of France and, even more so, Egypt. It is a vision informed by Bresson, Antonioni, Ozu and pregnant with the aesthetics of Kiarastami and Wenders. That this visual wonder does not overwhelm the work's ideas- informed by Engles's meditations of the premature birth of socialist radicalism during the French Revolution, and the frustrations of Egyptian communists as to the "misdirection" of the masses' activism (including what was, to me, an unfortunate ultra-leftist critique of Nasser)- constitutes proof that cinema can not only be philosophical, but actually practice philosophy.


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Country:

France | Egypt

Language:

French | German | Arabic

Release Date:

17 February 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cedo Demais/Tarde Demais See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »

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1.37 : 1
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