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Ball of Wool

by Nikolai Serebriakov. 1968. English subtitles

This is a knitter’s treasure! The philosophy of the world knit by the dexterous and creative old woman who finds a magic ball of wool. Then the world she creates gets deconstructed by her insatiable greed for new things, more things and the desire to acquire a new face. A magical film that speaks against consumerism and artificiality that is so pertinent to today’s global economy and the impeding ecological disaster. We can debate endlessly whether this is the nature of the world or the result of human aberration, but in the end, the “more and more” becomes thinner and less and finally all gets sucked into the universal chaos.

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