Speaking For Trees: A Film By Mark Borthwick
This deluxe work of art by photographer, filmmaker, and bookmaker Marke Borthwick documents Chan Marshal of Cat Powr at the height of her You Are Free period. The DVD includes Chan performing outdoors, solo on electric guitar, songs from her albums as we
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then I realized the entire 2 hr film was that way. I finally gave up on waiting for something to happen and decided to clean my house and just listen to the music(which I love). I could've just popped in one of her cd's to get the same effect and save myself $25! I'm not a stickler with money but this was definately a waste!! I decided to open up the book that came with package and look at all of the pictures that I knew were in it. I thought "well, at least some cool pictures will make up for the lack of entertainment I recieved from the film"--well, to my surprise, the pictures were just stills from the film! I felt ripped off--I think from now on I will just stick with her cd's. I would not suggest anyone to BUY this film--if you're a fan then rent it first and make your decision after viewing it. All you would need to do is watch the first minute or two of the film and you've already seen the whole 2 hrs. If you feel like you're going to miss anything musically then just put in the cd that came with it. It's a good cd(it's just an audio recording of the film) but it's not worth $25.
of the appreciative give this a try.Cat power shines here in a presentation we may not see the likes of again from this young & restless sojourner.Watch & listen more than once & you'll experience the obvious brilliance.
The CD & booklet make this a bargain all the more.People like this don't just come along often in pop culture
I can appreciate the "anti-music video/anti-rock doc" approach (bad video, long enough angle that you can't see Chan's face, crickets chirping, etc), but the novelty wears off after ten minutes. Michael Snow could pull off the long take because there was eventually a climactic pay-off; Warhol pulled it off because he was the first (and, well, he was Warhol).
Bortwick is an excellent still photographer; it's a shame he can't translate that to motion pictures.
Some of the "experimental" cinematic effects are just plain bad, like the playing with the brightness and contrast. It just adds nothing, and it isn't in synch with the music/singing.
The sound mixing is also bad. Guitar needs to come down some, vocals up some. While it is usually hard to understand what Chan is singing under perfect studio conditions, all I could pick out was something vaguely resembling her songs.
Her voice is her power, let it speak.
Still, the 2 hour content and the CD make it a very worthwhile investment for a serious Cat Power fan, and reasonably priced.
Haven't heard the CD yet, but most folks will be buying this for the DVD.