Classical Period

Klassische Epoche
Ted Fendt
USA 2018
62 min

Cal, Evelyn and their friends listen to lectures, observe buildings, recite poems, transcribe quotations; although it is present-day Philadelphia there are no computers in sight. A discussion group on Dante provides this disparate bunch with their sole communal point; otherwise, they each drift about, attending plays or music rehearsals. “So what else have you been up to, Cal?”, an older mentor asks, and Cal’s response is typical: “Just the usual, reading, writing.”
The characters’ quiet, “classical” passion for poetry, architecture and the history of religions is mirrored in the asceticism of their daily lives. They walk and talk, exchange literary references, summarize intriguing anecdotes. The monologue form comes easily, especially to Cal in a marathon seven-and-a-half minute take. There is seemingly no intellectual rivalry or sexual tension to cloud these cerebral interactions. Only a single, upsetting question at a social event causes Evelyn to accuse Cal of smugness ... Shot in austere 16mm, CLASSICAL PERIOD is a hypnotic mix of the lean irony of Éric Rohmer, the rigorous minimalism of Straub & Huillet, and the everyday miniatures of Australian filmmaker Bill Mousoulis. (Adrian Martin)

  • Calvin Engime - Cal
  • Evelyn Emile - Evelyn
  • Sam Ritterman - Sam
  • Chris Stump - Chris
  • Michael Carwile - Michael
  • Ted Fendt
  • Sage Einarsen
  • Sean Dunn
  • Ted Fendt
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
Fendt Film Production

Ted Fendt, Graham Swon

16 mm
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