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GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9
Best Cinematography Slamdance Film Fest
"A true original... General Orders No. 9 depicts a version of the South likely never heard or seen before" -Variety
"Elegaic... there are rewards to be found in its deliberate rhythms—foremost amongst them, the glorious, haunting visuals" -Onion AV Club
"A thoroughly absorbing, hypnotizing experience... General Orders No. 9 makes [Terrence] Malick look like a straight shot of Hollywood" -Filmmaker Magazine
Recommended! "Haunted beauty, a majestic trance" -NewCity Chicago
A superbly original and elegiac film about the loss of the natural world to the onslaught of urbanism in the Deep South, Robert Persons' debut feature is one of a kind. Orchestrating imagery of maps and urban planning, beautiful cinematography of the natural world and archive footage of material culture and public space, the film's singular visual world accompanies a lyrical prose-poem narrative that articulates the history of the State of Georgia, a universal psycho-geography of place and a bleak prophecy of a terminal future.
The movie's title comes from General Robert E. Lee's "General Orders No. 9," his farewell address to his army of Northern Virginia, acknowledging the Union's overwhelming numbers and resources. The stunning culmination of over eleven years, General Orders No. 9 marries experimental filmmaking with an accessible, naturalist sensibility to tell the epic story of the clash between man and nature while creating an artful exploration of geography as an extension of culture.
Directed by Robert Persons, U.S.A., 2010, 72 mins.