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The Order of Myths

25orde-75 Dating back to the 1700s, Mobile, Alabama's Mardi Gras celebration is the oldest in the country -- and it's still going strong today. With the annual event as its focus, this documentary explores the city, its mystical societies and race relations. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic revelers descend upon downtown Mobile each year to take part in a variety of colorful parades, balls and festivities. Margaret Brown's work was nominated for Best Documentary for the Independent Spirit Awards.
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"The Order of Myths" is a wise and soberly affecting documentary about the separate but unequal Mardi Gras festivities that take place each year in Mobile, Ala. Read the review
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A well-constructed documentary about a surprising remnant of segregation in the new South, The Order of Myths gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts.
Dan Kois, Washington Post
 
An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
On both sides of the Mobile Mardi Gras divide, people seem to be edging toward a desire for reconciliation, but there remain significant differences about what that might entail.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
Wise and soberly affecting documentary about the separate but unequal Mardi Gras festivities that take place each year in Mobile, Ala.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
 
To say each group takes this tradition seriously can in no way convey the absolute nuttiness and frenzy that filmmaker Margaret Brown has captured.
Sara Vilkomerson, New York Observer  full review
 
Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight.
Vadim Rizov, Village Voice  full review
 
Editors Michael Taylor, Geoffrey Richman and [director Margaret Brown] have stitched the material together to make a lively and revealing portrait of life in the New South.
James Greenberg, Hollywood Reporter
 
Order of Myths looks good, and its characters are memorable.
John Anderson, Variety  full review
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  • Release Year: 2008
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 77 min
  • Available From: Jan 14, 2009
  • Queued by: 2526 people
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