Alfonso Cuaron's Roma certified Netflix's place in cinema. It was somewhere auteurs could have their vision, reach mass audiences, and still be recognized for awards. But the release on Netflix meant we would never go in-depth and behind the scenes.
In an unprecedented move, Netflix has allowed Roma to be made into a special edition Blu-ray for Criterion. As part of this special release, the film comes with a video essay from none other than kogonada, Columbus director and revered video essayist.
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After 4 Years, Kogonada is Back with a New Video Essay on Roma
Kogonada made his feature directorial debut with Columbus, which came out in 2017, but he is most famous for his video essays on Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Ingmar Bergman, Yasujirō Ozu, and lots of other topics.
So what happens in the video essay?
Criterion says, "The most deeply personal film of Alfonso Cuarón’s career, Roma imbues the director’s own childhood memories with the epic sweep of history. But for all the technical virtuosity and monumental scale on display in its set pieces, the movie is anchored by the quiet, loving attention it pays to the rhythms and textures of early-1970s Mexico City. In this new video essay, Columbus director Kogonada explores how the in-between moments of the protagonist’s daily existence serve as the heart of Cuarón’s vision — and connect it to the themes of life, death, and rebirth in a few very different works in his filmography, including the dystopian thriller Children of Men and the space odyssey Gravity.”
Of course, the video delivers.
Let us know your favorite parts in the comments.
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