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Triumph Of The Wall (2013/First Run DVD)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Documentary: C+

Bill Stone's Triumph of the Wall (2013) is story of one man building a 1,000 foot stone wall by hand without any mortar. What would he thought would start as an eight week project turns into an eight-year project. As he builds the wall, stone by stone he meditates on the merit of taking on such a task and compares himself to stone masons of past. Instead of using modern materials and machine to take one such a laborious task, what started out a job turns into a symbolic metaphor for humans existence in time.

You would ask why would anyone make a film about building a stone wall, let alone take 8 years to film it. Chris Overing is seeming a jack-of-all-trades and has the time, a sponsor and the funding to build one of man's earliest structure by hand. As he builds a stone wall completely without mortar, a dry wall, and finding the exact stones to fit perfectly, his views change and are a bit different, what he is building isn't a waste of time. In the long run will last the ages to come. He compares himself with the dykers of Europe and that if people think it is crazy and then it is considered more art instead of a structure.

As best as I can sum this up, this was a very zen movie on how to build a stone wall. While simple, most people would not attempt, let alone finish, same to with the cameraman whom filmed it. Yet by the end, you have to respect the patience and tenacity, and think about what are we as humans doing with our lives and what will still be there after we are gone. Sometimes life isn't about the money or the results, but how we get there and what we leave behind.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little soft with some motion blur, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is on the quiet side. There are no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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