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The Order of Myths Reviews

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April 3, 2009
Mobile and its still-segregated Mardi Gras tradition seem to be world unto themselves, presented without reference to the wider world's pressing issues--the failing economy, environmental concerns, war in Iraq. The documentary's impressive compilation of
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 11, 2009
Reveals ceremonies that are exotic, unexpected, colorful and incredibly ritualized, layered with vast amounts of denial, submerged agendas and hypocrisy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 20, 2009
Separate but equal is alive and well in America; see how it works at Mardi Gras in Mobile
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2009
A good time is had by all even in light of public displays of racial segregation in the Mobile, Alabama's Mardi Gras celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
December 5, 2008
An informative behind-the-scenes look at America's oldest Mardi Gras.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 4, 2008
[An] affectingly insightful and well-informed documentary. Myths taps into a special kind of Southern tradition%u2014with underlying racial overtones as a societal hovering factor.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2008
A revealing anthropological portrait and reminder of American places where young people grow up surrounded by tradition, both positive and negative, and stay to carry it on.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 7, 2008
A well-constructed documentary about a surprising remnant of segregation in the new South, The Order of Myths gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts.
October 24, 2008
Trapped under the weight of hundreds of years of racial animosity and mistrust, with few clues as to how to work themselves free, the celebrants of the oldest Mardi Gras in the country take refuge in their traditions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 24, 2008
[A] beautifully restrained, intelligent documentary about how complicated race relations can be in the modern South.
October 18, 2008
An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2008
Entertaining and provocative.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 8, 2008
Brown presents a complex, provocative view ...
July 27, 2008
Less a vitriolic critique than a considerate, despairing depiction of the intractable sway exerted by long-held, unpleasant traditions.
July 25, 2008
On both sides of the Mobile Mardi Gras divide, people seem to be edging toward a desire for reconciliation, but there remain significant differences about what that might entail.
July 25, 2008
Ostensibly about Mobile, Alabama's annual Mardi Gras tradition, which dates back to 1703, Margaret Brown's documentary is actually an examination of the racial divide in a city that claims there is none.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2008
The cast of characters trailed by the crew is a compelling batch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 25, 2008
Engrossing if discomfiting.
July 25, 2008
Wise and soberly affecting documentary about the separate but unequal Mardi Gras festivities that take place each year in Mobile, Ala.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 23, 2008
To say each group takes this tradition seriously can in no way convey the absolute nuttiness and frenzy that filmmaker Margaret Brown has captured.
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