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Film Recommendation - 'The Order Of Myths'

Titled The Order Of Myths, the film examines the time-honored tradition of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama, where celebrations remain segregated between white and black residents. It opened in NYC this past weekend at the IFC Center, but I haven't seen it yet. However, everything I've heard and read about it since its Sundance debut in January has been overwhelmingly positive, scoring a 100% fresh rating on, and I plan on checking it out before it leaves NYC. Look for it in your neck of the woods!

From the New York Times: The documentary that left the strongest impression is “The Order of Myths,” Margaret Brown’s examination of the history and present-day reality of the segregated worlds of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala. Handsomely shot and intelligently edited, with none of the maddening sloppiness that distorts too many nonfiction projects, the film explores the secret societies, the fancy-dress balls and the celebratory parades for a story that is at once very site-specific and seemingly simple and as big and richly complex as the United States itself.

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Here's the trailer:


  1. Chuck said...

    I saw it at Full Frame and really liked it. In retrospect, it's probably one of my favorite films of the festival.

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