Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen (Final cut - Holgyeim es uraim) (NR)

Classic 84 December 31, 1969
By Michael Nordine
Modeled after the likes of Bruce Conner's 1958 A MOVIE in particular and every movie ever made in general, György Pálfi's Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen consists entirely of brief fragments culled from some 450 cinematic sources. Pálfi's assemblage has little plot to speak of beyond the most threadbare of love stories, but it does have clearly identifiable movements: a musical montage set in various nightclubs, people introducing themselves (and later saying goodbye) to one another, swordfights, sex, and (inevitably, if also appropriately) one sequence in which characters go to the movies themselves. It's an enjoyable exercise, but also one that never puts its clever editing toward a larger purpose and ends up being showy without actually showing anything new as a result. To wit, all that truly distinguishes this from the supercuts that go viral every so often is its length-- were this an hour shorter and freely available on YouTube, you'd be more likely to find it linked on Buzzfeed than playing on the big screen. (Speaking of which, there's a similar collage titled Skinemax on Vimeo that's driven more by music than narrative, and is far more hypnotic as a result.) It may be a one-trick pony, but Final Cut has certainly mastered the trick; some of the cuts are genuinely inspired, even if their ultimate effect is to make you briefly marvel at a series of visual coincidences and not to tease out meaningful connections within the source material.
György Pálfi, György Pálfi Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Bruno Ganz, Greta Garbo, Rita Hayworth, Giulietta Masina, András Kozák, Karady Katalin, Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, András Kozák György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay, György Pálfi, Zsófia Ruttkay Béla Tarr, Béla Tarr

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