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NYFF: Redacted

NYFF: Redacted

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Redacted has been both overpraised and too easily dismissed—an unsurprising reaction to a film that feels alternately as rushed and angry as this week’s hot Youtube clip and as devilishly calculated as the work of a seasoned master. Unmistakably De Palma, the film initially locates its director in the more freeform mode of his early career, when he appropriated Godardian antics within American social satires, such as Greetings and Hi, Mom!, both of which targeted Vietnam-era ethical dissolution and radical disillusion. With Redacted, though, gone is the forthright humor, as evidenced in its sober opening, in which onscreen text, explaining the film’s content and purpose, is silently erased with digital chalk, as though removed by an invisible authority. Thus, De Palma has set out his case with clean, efficient lines—this will be a film consisting of those horrible “truths” that the American media does not want and will not allow us to view—only to see them washed away in a mess of scribbles. The remainder of the film will then search for the proper means of representing and reframing these stolen images… Click here to read Michael Koresky’s review of Redacted.

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