The Order of Myths
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With Margaret Brown in person
Dir. Margaret Brown. 2008, 97 mins. 35mm. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras is a joyous but complicated time of year. Both whites and blacks celebrate the holiday—just not together. Mobile native Margaret Brown traces the parallel routes taken by competing organizations as they make intricate and ambitious preparations for the opulent event, revealing both similarities and differences, and exposing the tensions underlying a supposedly harmoniously segregated tradition. Entertaining and illuminating, The Order of Myths manages to be both observational and reflective in its approach. “Wise and soberly affecting….Ms. Brown knows that there’s nothing black and white about race in America, and nothing specifically Southern about its calamities….[She] has a beautiful grasp of gray.” —Manohla Dargis, The New York Times. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honors awards.
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