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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)

Céline Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) is a beautifully mounted drama about forbidden love that has every reason to be an intense emotional experience, but somehow never quite shakes free from its carefully designed and modulated aesthetic. Like Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), virtually every frame could be its own stand-alone art object, mounted and hung on a wall, and also like that film it visually reflects the painterly style of its era (which in this case is mid-18th century neoclassicism). However, while Kubrick's rigid visual beauty merged with ... Read More




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