General Orders No. 9
General Orders No.9 is a documentary like you’ve never seen a documentary before. Well, actually you have. Koyaanisqatsi was done about 15 years ago about modern society and how people were being dehumanized by it. This is 72 minutes and you’re not sure exactly what’s going on but they keep showing you images. Some of them are sepia. The narrator keeps repeating that the town hall is the center of the town and the weather vane’s in the center of the town hall and the roof is on the center of the town hall and the weather vane is over everything. I think the focus is supposed to be about what’s lost when progress comes and I don’t know if it’s about nuclear power plants or about highways, or what. I’m not a great fan of the Luddite idea. I think that things change and that’s my problem about this particular documentary, even though it’s more of a tonal poem than a document to be quite honest, though it is a different approach and I appreciate that. But it’s kind of a cheat because the very thing that allows him to do this and allows him to have the product to do so, including cameras, film, funding and theaters, is a part of progress. So I’m not crazy about those who seem to be biting literally the hand that if not feeds them at least encourages them. But it is interesting. It is a different approach. I’ll give it two and a half stars.