Mark Peranson on Leviathan
The title is, of course, Biblical, referring to a great fish that eventually came to symbolize evil in the Christian Era. This Leviathan is the locale for slaughter, for blood, for heavy metal mechanical mayhem; it’s documentary filmmaking by way of Baroque painting and slasher cinema.
The title also brings to mind Hobbes, whose Leviathan was the State; he also philosophized that all ideas are derived from sensory experience. Hailing from the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, the filmmakers have made the ne plus ultra of immersive documentaries.
In this stunning and unparalleled work, using small digital cameras, they have discovered new forms of cinema. There has not yet been a film quite like Leviathan: see and feel it for yourself. http://www.pardolive.ch
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