The state counts for you, and it's never wrong



[Raymond Bernard's Les Miserables, 4 hours, 39 minutes, from '34, the same year as L'Atalante, and with that, the other grounding post of directions to be followed by films that are interested in film.  I thought it standard DVD rerelease hyperbole to speak of "one of the greatest and least-known directors of all time."  I thought wrong.  This is brutal and correct, obsessed with the venomous neutrality of the contract, of writing away your rights.  Doubling back and back onto the dwindling sums of those with no reserves, their names held onto and drawn forth by the state in all its forms and malignant facilitators.]

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