Too Early, Too Late is another one that was impossible to find without the help of our wiki (link on the right sidebar), and is also another one so rare and little known that it currently has no Wikipedia page. Films like this make me wonder how they managed to make it onto the list, not because they are poor, but because they are so niche and sparsely known that I’m surprised that the people who compiled the list managed to even know of its existence, let alone remember it and deem it worthy of a list of must see films.
I got a clear inkling of Deseret from this one, though this predates it by about 13 years. Where Deseret was all about Utah and its history, this focuses the lens on the concept of revolution, and uses the backdrops of contemporary France, as well as Egypt. There is a lot of scenery posited for the camera, accompanied by stoic narration of texts that only tenuously tie into the images seen on the screen, creating a very narrow juxtaposition. A lot of times, the camerawork consists of rotary panoramas of random locales, as well as still shots of, well, of even more random locales. Really, if you did manage to see Deseret, you won’t find too much difference with this one; though it obviously wasn’t the intention, the two films are so similar that comparison is inevitable.
The book classifies this as a “landscape film”, and I would agree, not just because it’s a correct assumption, but because there is really no other classification that this film belongs to. It’s pretty, in its own way, but there is very little substance to the film; it’s pretty much an encapsulation of an area of the world, like Deseret was, and serves no other purpose other than to show its scenery. Still, I can give the film its due in the areas it seeks to serve; it serves its purpose well, even if that purpose isn’t to put entertainment first.
Arbitrary Rating: 6/10