The Lost City of Z
First screened in April 2017 / Most recently screened in May 2017
Director: James Gray. Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Ian McDiarmid, Tom Holland, Edward Ashley, Clive Francis, Pedro Coelho, Matthew Sunderland, Johann Myers, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Murray Melvin, Elena Solovey. Screenplay: James Gray (based on the book by David Grann). Twitter Capsule:
In which history and planet are vast and full of paradox, and we invent new faiths all the time, to keep going.
Raft and rifle. Liana and barbed wire. Idealism, disillusion. All one world, all polluted, sometimes beautiful.
Maybe a smidge less besotted this time but so impressed with even-paced editing and with operatic story sense.
Some durable tropes of the imperial adventure film persist but the film constructs unique and nuanced psychic and social frames on its events.