Roma ★★★★★

You can tell that Alfonso Cuaron did not have television in mind when he made this film. Like Hitchcock’s Rear Window or Tati’s Playtime, there is a deliberate lack of coverage because it is intended to be seen on a large screen. When the image is stories high there is no need for a close-up. Everything reads. Extras who on a monitor might amount to little more than a few pixels, all suddenly have faces and stories. And that is what makes Roma so wonderful.

But I guess it also works on a televison where everyone is equalized out to a few pixels. Equally democratic.

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