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Unseen for decades, David Brooks's sprawling, lyrical 1968 attempt to come to terms with the world's small beauties and large disappointments is at once exhilarating and melancholy. Shifting between the city (New York) and the countryside (New England), he shows people making out in the grass or talking philosophy during an overly red sunset, his camera shaking, panning, and zooming as if possessed by too much energy for its desperate quest to end. Dialogue about an alcoholic artist injects a note of failure, making the sights we see seem more precious and fleeting. Brooks died in a one-car crash when he was 24, the year after this film was made. Showing with his short Eel Creek (1968). 59 min.

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