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Game Theory: Paul W.S. Anderson and the Filmic Board Game

13 March 2017 8:29 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Raúl Ruiz’s 1980 short film, Snakes And Ladders, follows H as he begins playing a board game where the world around him gradually becomes the board.  H comes upon two men playing ludo on a table and as he joins in, the field of play continuously grows, moving from the tabletop to Paris, Europe, the world, and finally all of existence.  H’s movement in the game becomes the work of chance governed by the roll of the dice and as he progresses he gradually comes to realize that he is the die, and that he is the game piece being moved about on the map.  The cosmic forces controlling H ultimately reach into the frame, emphatically presenting an author surrogate in the form of a hand.  Director Paul W.S. Anderson creates filmic board games similar to Snake And Ladders without explicitly revealing his authorial hand.  He leaves the author’s presence unstated, »

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