Vernon, Florida (1981)
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Critic Reviews for Vernon, Florida
Morris' first two films are as carefully composed and thematically complex as any scripted drama.
Vernon, Florida feels more like an endearingly backwoods mélange, complete with possums, antlers and the tranquility of the southern swamps delicately shaded by the overlooking weeping willow.
Still a quirky, deadpan classic even if it isn't aging nearly as well as you'd hope.
If anything, it confirms the cliché that truth is stranger than fiction. You couldn't make up these interviews.
...something truly special, both funny and moving, strange and captivating.
Audience Reviews for Vernon, Florida
As an almost follow-up to the strangely appealing Gates of Heaven, this is a simple documentary that does have its moments and yet seems a lot more interested in mocking its eccentric subjects than having anything really interesting to say about their mundane lives and experiences.
While I love Morris, this is not one of his most impressive documentaries. While it does feature an oddly fascinating cast of characters, it could have used a bit more focus. Something to tie these disparate subjects together. Again, Morris does not mock his interviewees. True to it's name, this film is about the lives of the inhabitants of Vernon Florida. Although it may not be as enthralling as the Thin Blue Line or the Fog of War, it is still definitely worth checking out.
Documentary about small town life in Florida in 1981. Engaging.
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