Country: United States
Category: Drama , History
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 120 minutes
Box Office: $
Peterloo is a 2019 Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England, UK is scheduled to be released on April 5, 2019.
After having seen The Secret of Vera Drake - winner of the Golden Lion of Venice in 2004 - Mr. Turner (premiered at Cannes in 2014) and Peterloo, who is competing this year at the Mostra, it does not seem misplaced to point out that historical cinema he usually pushes British filmmaker Mike Leigh towards a certain academicism. Perhaps Mr. Turner still harbored an aura of modernity, to concentrate calmly on the intimacy of the famous British painter, however, it was still a relatively conventional biopic, in which the eccentric personality of the artist ended up winning the game to the reflection on his pictorial practice. In this sense, Peterloo, despite the imposing nature of his artistic direction, continues to be an academic and markedly didactic work in his approach to one of the most tragic episodes in British history.
What's new about the director of Secrets and lies is a chronicle of the chain of events that led to the so-called Massacre of Peterloo, in which, in 1819, British forces charged against a peaceful demonstration in favor of universal suffrage and the reform of the political system. Taking as a starting point the battle of Wellington, when in 1813 the British forces finished with the French army of Napoleon, Leigh's film links that foreign war with a more buried and interior war, led by certain sectors of the working class and the "radical middle class" British, who aspired to end the oligarchy of the wealthy classes.
To compose this historical portrait, Leigh distributes the 154 minutes of footage between the experiences of parliamentarians, judges, members of the army, "reformist" activists, spies, journalists and several working families. A narrative framework that the film organizes in a clear and chronological way, without allowing formal displays (beyond some opulent aerial shots) or outlets of tone. In this sense, we do appreciate the time (excessive and welcome) that Leigh takes when it comes to illustrating the figure of "orators", men and women experts in stoking the revolutionary spirit with the intensity and conviction of their speeches. In the end, however, Peterloo consolidates as a conventional history class, in which the overwhelming force of some images - in particular, those of the battlefields - does not disturb the order, restraint and balance of the film as a whole.