[Ads-l] "Miserab[i]list" (adj.) extended to a film genre

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Wed Sep 16 23:12:50 UTC 2015

"The third film by Mr. Bykov, who also wrote the screenplay, “The Fool” is the latest in a lengthening list of Russian miserablist films."

Stephen Holden, Film Review of "The Fool", New York Times, Sept. `6, 2015.

To set the context -- excerpts from the first two paragraphs of Mr. Holden's review:

"The dreary unidentified Russian town that is the setting of Yuri Bykov’s devastating film, “The Fool,” is an outpost of hell. If you can bear to look at it, I recommend you 
pay a visit and study it from behind bulletproof glass, because similar places aren’t all that uncommon.
"How, you wonder, could anything good flourish in this ugly, dehumanizing cesspool of social rot, entrenched corruption and brutish inhumanity overseen by a cabal of bigwigs whom the movie observes like suspects in a police lineup."


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