A Bread Factory, Part Two (2018)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB

USA, 2018, Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by , , Patrick Wang.  Music by , , , , Patrick Wang.  Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

With the crisis resolved at the end of part one, which concerned making space for the creation of art, the town of Checkford is now free to do the actual creating, but the victories of the first chapter end up giving way to the inevitable disappointment of art’s battle with economics. and are preparing a production of Euripides’ Hecuba but their lead actress decides to leave to pursue her career in the movies, the editor of the newspaper disappears and leaves her young protégé in charge and his parents (, ) deal with their eroding marriage.  Meanwhile, the charms of the town attract more and more tourists, whose interrupting presence is expressed in the form of musical numbers and tap dance performances, who are reducing Checkford’s identity. Patrick Wang’s second half of his magnificent examination of American culture under capitalism is not as vibrant as the first, the jokes are toned down and there isn’t the buzzing calamity of warring personalities: as the town empties out so does the movie, leaving longer, slower scenes that feature deeper ruminations and fewer conflicts. The bold choice of performing a huge chunk of Euripides on screen won’t work for all audiences, but the beauty of the acting adds to the intelligent luster of the overall work (plus shows off Henry’s skills). It’s incredible how both these films were made on so low a budget and so quickly (both completed in just under a month) and yet none of it feels cheap or rushed.


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