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Whether or not you have already walked the cobblestones of the mythical Amsterdam, it is a stunning immersion in the living heart of the city that allows this film to look like a monument. And it is through a path of pure cinema that van der Keuken invites us for a year in his huge global village. A path lined with surprises, detours, performances, anecdotes. A path that is both meticulously drawn and resolutely open to the real, as much in the script as in the filming and editing, to give substance to a city, at a time, by exploiting perfectly the power of synthesis of the cinematographic form. "Amsterdam Global Village" is a poem, a symphony, the sometimes cubist, sometimes pointillist portrait of a city at once extraordinary and venerable. It comes out with the feeling of having stayed there for a long time, to have been projected in the mid-1990s and to have traveled in the world that the filmmaker then gave us to understand. Sylvain Baldus See more »
When I was done watching this film, I first though: why make a 4-hour documentary on something that could easily be done in at least half the time. I was also not very pleased with the camera-work in this film (why zoom in on a plastic frog on the wall or wiggle the camera between some gas-bottles?). But the thing I really do not understand is: why this film. I can't really say that I have learned something about Amsterdam or anything else that I didn't know. You could better spent your time on something else instead of watching this thing.
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