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THE PERFECT HUMAN

Jorgen Leth 1967

OK, anyone who hasn’t seen this owes me one. And Mr. Leth, I owe you a whole lot. I kind of think anything I say will not begin to get at why this is a masterpiece, one of my favorite films ever. It’s one of the first things I shared with Ewan McGregor when we began talking about Beginners, and I think the first thing we really bonded over. You may notice that the character Oliver’s dancing style is more than a bit indebted to this film. Strangely, I once very randomly had dinner next to Mr. Leth, years before I saw this film. He was so self-deprecating and unassuming, when I asked him what he did (I know, horrible question) I think he said “this and that” – funny way to meet a future hero.

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