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Carnival of Cultures

Carnival of Cultures

Carnival of Cultures is visually stunning look at the 2009 Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin. The problem I usually have with these types of travelogues is that after about 30 seconds you “get the point” and you spend the rest of the video hoping for a Bayplosion to get things moving again. Matzeb manages to avoid this through the judicious use of cuts and a good eye for choosing the clips that move the story forward.

He also keeps it at a reasonable length, I’m sure he had hours of footage to choose from but instead of giving us 20 minutes of the same basic concepts rehashed he makes the hard choices and leaves us with 3:20 of gold.

I also loved the music that he choose, French artist Camille’s “Ta Douleur.” It works better here in this clip than it does in Camille’s actual music video. Don’t believe me?

in every shoot, Matzeb spends almost a minute absolutely fascinated with juggling. I’ll admit it was really interesting to watch the street performer but it felt like there was not enough there to warrant taking up such a large percentage of the film.

Like any video that amounts to shot after shot of people dancing around enjoying themselves you need to be in a certain kind of mood to really appreciate this. If you are fascinated by travel or you were considering taking in the Karneval der Kulturen this is the video to see.

Details

Creator: Matzeb
Vimeo Channel: Carnival of Culture
Shot Using: Lumix GH1

Ratings

Style 3

Pacing 4

You get a sense for it visually but there is a certain lack of context (Storytelling 2)

It’s absolutely brilliantly shot, edited and put together (Polish 5)

Fantastic for a travelogue (Watchability 4)

There is only so much you can do with this sort of footage (Novelty 3)

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆