The Village Detective: A Song Cycle
The Village Detective: A Song Cycle (2021)

During the summer of 2016, a fishing boat off the shores of Iceland made a most curious catch: four reels of 35mm film, seemingly of Soviet provenance. Unlike the film find explored in Bill Morrison's Dawson City: Frozen Time, it turned… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 22, 2021
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2021
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

If the film doesn't approach the transporting effect or profound resonance of Morrison's previous work, its inquiry into cinematic ghosts is nonetheless distinctive.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

If "Dawson City: Frozen Time" was a masterpiece, Morrison's latest is a lark, a somewhat unfocused and slight history of Russian silent film...with a more in depth examination of popular Russian actor Zharov's seventy year career.

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Alex Saveliev
Film Threat

Casts a hypnotic spell that lingers long after the credits roll.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

[A] strangely intoxicating film...

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Dan Schindel
Hyperallergic

An eerie meditation on mortality made from forgotten parts of cinema history.

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Dustin Chang
ScreenAnarchy

The Village Detective: A Song Cycle is a celebration of cinema that reflects life and art and its resilience to the test of time both metaphorically and physically.

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Peter Debruge
Variety

There's an overall clunkiness to the format that doesn't feel especially lyrical, as if the mysteries Morrison is investigating are too amorphous or ill-defined for the movie to articulate.

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Ron Wilkinson
It's Just Movies

Mummified by the sea and the volcanos, a zombie of a movie that refuses to die.

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Jared Mobarak
Jaredmobarak.com

A clip show worthy of a legend of stage and screen. An appetizer for an extensive body of work it leaves you to seek out for yourself.

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