Essential Viewing: Manohla Dargis on Poetry

To commemorate today’s release of Poetry on Fandor, we’ve produced the following video essay on the film. It’s co-presented by the IndieWire PressPlay Blog run by Matt Zoller Seitz and Ken Cancelosi, the essential destination for video film criticism.

I didn’t have a lot of time to produce this video, so I decided to adapt an existing review to provide the basis of the script for the video. I pretty much read every review available (witness the “best of” compilation from yesterday) and came to the conclusion that one review in particular was the most fitting for a video essay, given its focus on parsing out the elements of specific moments and elements that are part of what make the film special. That review is by Manohla Dargis for the New York Times. So with all due acknowledgments to the author and the Times, here’s the video inspired by her words inspired by the film.


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