Joshua Oppenheimer - Early Works - A collection of 12 films (1995-2003) DVD9
For most filmgoers, Joshua Oppenheimer emerged fully-formed out of nowhere with his landmark 2012 documentary The Act of Killing. A horrifyingly intimate portrait of elderly death squad leaders in Indonesia, it fused fearless journalism with surreal, fantastical black comedy – a mix which earned the film the support of Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, two of the only directors whose work is meaningfully comparable to it. The chief pleasure of this collection of twelve early films by Oppenheimer lies in seeing the director develop, to watch the precedents to a work that initially seemed to be unprecedented. That’s not to say that these films lack merit on their own, or for viewers who haven’t seen The Act of Killing and its spiritual sequel The Look of Silence. The best of them are good by any metric, but even the weakest become substantially more interesting when watched as part of Oppenheimer’s learning curve.

DVD9 | PAL | 176 minutes | 7.70 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Documentary, Experimental

• Light Test (1995) 0:56
• Camera Test (1995) 1:16
• Hugh (co-directed by Nishit Saran) (1996) 9:28
• The Challenge of Manufacturing (1996) 6:59
• These Places We've Learned to Call Home (1996) 30:21
• The Entire History of the Louisiana Purchase (1997) 46:59
• Land of Enchantment (2000) 1:0
• The Globalisation Tapes (2002) 1:08:10
• Market Update (2002) 1:00
• A Brief History of Paradise As Told by the Cockroaches (2002) 2:49
• Muzak: A Tool of Management (2002) 3:33
• Postcard from Sun City, Arizona (2003) 3:33

Special Features:
• Presented from brand new re-mastered transfers of the films, supervised and approved by the director.
• Exclusive, new filmed interview with director Joshua Oppenheimer. 23:07

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