RAT FILM.

Author:Mangu-Ward, Katherine
Position:DOCUMENTARY - Movie review - Brief article
 
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Actual rats helped compose the soundtrack of Rat Film, a meditation on urban planning and pest control in Baltimore. Musician Dan Deacon ended up giving a pack of rodents free run of a theremin-a rare electronic instrument typically controlled by a musician's hand gestures--to generate the basis for a piece called "Redlining."

Theo Anthony's film is impressionistic rather than argumentative, and it would have benefited from a slightly more conventional human being somewhere--anywhere!--in the production process to check its excesses. But...

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