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"The Cutting Room" was shown on IFC as part of one of its short film
collections. It's a perfect fit for the channel - hip, funny, smart,
The idea for "The Cutting Room" is very clever - there's a trailer in Hollywood where characters go when they get cut out of movies and plays and books. The film looks at how a character from an action film comes to realize this fate when he meets four other characters who have been similarly cut.
The post-titles mention Dogme 95 (they also mention a few other things, which must be some sort of hip) and the film is indeed made true to those tenets, complete with shaky cameras and wacky angles.
It's a fun little film and worth looking for if you have IFC.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A trailer park in artistic limbo contains all the characters cut from plays, books, films, and the like. Romlet (Hamlet's brother), Lucy (cut from Pride and Prejudice), Joan (cut from All About Eve), and a few others share one trailer, where they are joined by Jason, just cut from a disaster movie about a tsunami that destroys L.A. He is shocked to discover that his own existence is solely as an imaginary character in someone else's mind, but eventually falls for Lucy. It looks like all will end happily for Jason and Lucy when he is suddenly written back into his movie and disappears...but not before convincing the others that they need to write their own story. They do, the story is turned into a movie (directed by Daniel Bernstein AKA Barnz), and the result is what we're watching. Other characters in other trailers fail to get their own stories down on paper, which is why (presumably) we find out nothing about them. This short film is clever and well-written (except for the perhaps intentionally ungrammatical postscripts), and evokes some of the same kind of ironic self- referential paradoxes we know from The Thirteenth Floor--familiar but still intriguing. It runs often on IFC, as part of one of their Shorts Programs. Recommended.
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