Antigone ★★½

very dry film but that can be fine if it's supplemented with a density/richness of analysis, and films that offer this kind of symbiotic relationship between the perspective of content and form are always very welcome. however, where this falters for me is it being an adaptation of a fictional text in the first place. the story here is stripped of all dramatic affectation, turned into a template that straub-huillet can situate their political discourses onto, but there are always going to be inherent limitations to the level of analysis you can perform on a text which doesn't have a primary function of such. this was solid, but i wonder what makes it an especially better usage of time than just reading a book about biopolitics or the evolution of the legitimacy of the state. art and film specifically normally separates itself from pure philosophy in how it's able to intuitively connect and add to our understandings of the world versus directly stating it, enrichening the scope of and connective tissue that binds us to the analysis it makes. but at the point where the dramaturgy of a work is being flattened down into pure text, with the form just designed to complement those underlined points with no emotional catharsis or intuitive associations being made beyond the capital-t Text, it starts to really raise value of the medium questions for me even if the specific work in question is good. cinema as a purveyor of true abstract analysis is a usage of the medium that i'm very high on, but at that point just go full-out late godard mode and turn your movies into direct conveyors of your ideas versus situating them into these external narratives that force the ideas to be more simplified and indirect.