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David's Byrne's American Utopia


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Has anyone else seen this?  It's a worthy successor to Stop Making Sense (in our Top 100), with David Byrne back on stage and captured by an expert director (Spike Lee this time).  The choreography again is expert, the music making superb, by his 11-person backup band (7 percussionists!).

The two negative reviews at RT (including dear old Armond White at the National Review) critique it for political preachiness.  I thought it succeeded in blending the timely with the timeless, and in the Q&A for the NYFF (on YouTube), Byrne speaks persuasively to the artist's duty to comment on the moment they live in.  I love, too, how Byrne's curation of his lifelong catalogue, along with a Janelle Monae song, form a coherent trajectory about the joy and beauty of connection, and how this can/should effect social change.  

Right now, this stands as my favorite 2020 film.  Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2020/10/diy-virtual-film-fest-part-4-david-byrnes-american-utopia/

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/

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