This week on IFC News:
Video dispatches from the 2007 SXSW Film Festival:
Watching the film, I was particularly struck by how often the soldiers are simply pointing their guns and yelling at the Irish. At some times there seems like there’s more screaming than actual dialogue in the film.
It’s the army technique! The British soldiers in the film are, by and large, real ex-soldiers. The Army wouldn’t help us, the reservists wouldn’t help us, so we had to find ex-soldiers. And I said to them, "How would you deal with this situation in real life?" They said this is what you’d do. This ‘wall of sound’ is a technique to disorientate the people. It isn’t about individuals being brutal, it’s a technique they’re taught.
I remember when I was given military training, you were taught how to bayonet an enemy soldier, and you had to shout as you were doing it. It’s part of the drill. You put the blade in, twist it around and you’re shouting all the time! And the shouting is, as I said, to disorientate and to confuse and to not give them time to settle. Cause if they settle, they’ll fight back.
On the podcast this week, we have an indulgent discussion of our favorite moviegoing experiences.
In the DVD column, Michael Atkinson writes about Ichikawa‘s "The Burmese Harp" ("Little about ‘The Burmese Harp’ seems groundbreaking today â€” it is simply a cudgel on your tear ducts, and arguably the first war film made anywhere that suggests that war finishes nothing, and indeed creates traumas and responsibilities without end.") and Genet‘s "Un Chant d’Amour."
And Christopher Bonet has, as always, what’s new in theaters this week.