European Short Films after 1960

May 5, 2011

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European short films have developed quite differently than American short films have over the past few decades. Since the 1960s, the medium of short film has become completely independent of full length films, unlike in America, where short film has become almost like a director’s “business card.” American filmmakers make short films in order to […]

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100 Flowers Hidden Deep

April 11, 2011

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100 Flowers Hidden Deep was another film that I enjoyed a lot. It was lighthearted while still being philosophical. The main character was an older man who came off as crazy. He asked a few younger men to help him move, but when they arrived at the location, there was an empty lot with nothing […]

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Prologue

April 8, 2011

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Bela Tarr’s Prologue featured black and white visuals and a long, slow camera pan. In it, we see a line of people all waiting for something. It soon becomes apparent that they’re waiting for food. Considering this film was featured on a collection called “Visions of Europe,” I can’t decide whether this was a negative […]

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The European Showerbath

April 8, 2011

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The European Showerbath by Peter Greenway was a very visually enticing and symbolic film. In it, various people with European flags painted onto them are showering together. The flags featured the most were those countries with the most power, the UK, France, Germany and a few others. The conclusion of this film could have quite […]

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Doodlebug

April 3, 2011

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After watching Christopher Nolan’s Doodlebug, I didn’t know whether to laugh or to feel disturbed. In a way, it has a creepy feeling of paranoia, like his films Memento, Following and others. It made me feel I there’s a chance I’m watched by something larger than myself. However, it was difficult to gather any meaning […]

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A Girl’s Own Story

April 3, 2011

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A Girl’s Own Story was another film I recommended to people instantly upon seeing it. It was an interesting mix of growing up in Australia in the 1960s, and disturbing drama. The film had themes of incest, family problems, kidnapping and shame, but at the same time focused on growing up in a seemingly normal […]

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Forklift Driver Klaus

April 2, 2011

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I had originally seen Forklift Driver Klaus in a high school German class many years ago, and it stuck with me. I often showed it to friends and we had a good laugh about it. But only after I watched it again did I consider it as a serious short film effort. Instantly the music […]

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