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FNC: Eggleston captures down-home devilish desire Stranded In Canton

Posted by MP / October 24, 2006

canton_stills.jpgMidnight Poutine film correspondent Juliet Lammers reports from the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma:

Photographer William Eggleston’s one and only film, Stranded In Canton, is an honest and candid record of late night debaucheries in the legendary bars, nightclubs, and back alleyways of New Orleans, Mississippi, and Memphis, Tennessee. Eggleston’s handheld video camera stumbles through the warm southern nights revealing the drunken eccentrics who brought the notorious New Orleans nights to life.

Stranded In Canton is excerpts from the seventy-some tapes that Eggleston began shooting in 1973. The form is that of a home movie; the camera moves quickly and clumsily without any definitive narrative collecting moments of late night carousing. The technique is not what I would consider this film’s strong point. But it is precisely because of this technique that Eggleston was able to capture such candid moments. Eggleston once said, ”It was a new thing, being able to appear with a recording device not requiring an elaborate setup. I would just put this over my shoulder, and I was ready. I don’t think many people knew it was a camera or what was going on.” Perhaps it is the lack of movie-making hocus-pocus that allows this film to come across as so honest. The characters truly seem unaffected by the presence of the camera, which is what makes these portraits so interesting.

The fate of each character is recounted during the epilogue to the film. The epilogue provides the final morsel of honesty by reminding the viewer that even these brash, reckless, and larger-than-life personalities are subject to the ills of old age. It is a wonderfully melancholy touch that rounds the film out quite nicely.

Stranded In Canton is a raw portrayal of down-home devilish desire. It is a rough and rude depiction of the seedier side of the spectrum which is rarely endorsed in such an open and honest fashion.

Stranded In Canton screens at 8:25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Ex-Centris, Cinema Parallele.

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scott / October 27, 2006 at 02:30 pm
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that's a very compelling review. i missed this screening, but will certainly try to see the film, either during the nouveau cinema or via DVD latah.
scott / October 27, 2006 at 02:31 pm
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that's a very compelling review. i missed this screening, but will certainly try to see the film, either during the nouveau cinema or via DVD latah.
Joy Sunseri / October 27, 2006 at 10:49 pm
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Great review - I want to see this film!
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