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Too Early, Too Late

Trop tôt, Trop tard

1982, Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub, France/Egypt, 100 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 11th 3:45pm
  • Tue, Oct 15th 6:00pm

"Almost certainly my favorite landscape film...What's remarkable about Straub and Huillet's beautiful long takes is how their rigorous attention to both sound and image seems to open up an entire universe...As in Jacques Tati's PLAYTIME, their subject is the sheer richness of the world we live in."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Perhaps the finest achievement of the great materialist filmmakers Straub and Huillet, TOO EARLY, TOO LATE is a film about landscapes—landscapes recorded with a Lumière-like precision and clarity. The first of the film's two parts juxtaposes present-day views of French villages with Friedrich Engels's descriptions of the same locales on the eve of the French revolution. The second, longer part shifts to Egyptian scenes, accompanied by a recent Marxist history of the country's resistance to colonialism. Such a description of the film's content might make it seem like a didactic exercise, without sufficiently indicating the extraordinary sensory beauty with which its sounds and images unfold before us. In German, French, and Arabic with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)