This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of ... See full summary »
This short film was packaged on video with Hartley's featurette "Surviving Desire." It follows a day in the life of a young artist who longs for professional success and the attention of beautiful women, but who encounters only frustration and violence. Written by
Ethan Straffin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dwell on uncomplicated beauty: The landscape, the sun on your face. Nothing touches you. Keep the image of your death cheerfully before you at all times. Gain perspective. Seek to clarify and comfort, not to obscure or mystify. Your aspirations are pointless; your ambitions come to nothing.
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Evocative sketch from Hartley. A little undergraduate.
After this, my second Hal Hartley venture, i'm quite impressed at how Hartley has crafted a unique style for himself, but start to think that that style is perhaps too eccentric and therefore gimmicky, and could begin to wear thin very quickly.
Hartley's style combines larger than life dialogue and performances, philosophising for comical purposes, a postmodern feeling of meaninglessness and random scenes of violence/disgust for shock purposes. All set to a synthesised piano score, which creates the same "can this be serious?" feeling in the viewer as the dialogue and performances.
Ambition is a succession of incredible scenes with a set of rules for reality all its own, as in many postmodern works like Lynch's Mulholland Dr.
In the end, though, its really just a sketch, a short story - but a fairly evocative one. Worth catching, if you can catch it for free, but i certainly wouldn't pay money to see it.
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