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The End (1953)

A short film which explores the last day in the lives of six different people.
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Like looking into the mind of a schizophrenic.
26 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This 34 minute short film is from "American Film Treasures/Avant Garde Film: Disc 1"--a compilation of mostly forgotten art films of the 20th century. It's by far the longest of the short films on the disc. This DVD set is NOT for the casual viewer and sometimes I wonder why I watched the films--as some of them were VERY artsy and weird!

Christopher Maclaine's "The End" is clearly the most cinematic film from the disc. Now this is NOT to say the film looks like anything you'd ever see in a movie theater! Instead, it's like a film made by a psychotic. It begins with some weird, rambling narration of an apocalyptic nature--and I seriously thought I was listening to a paranoid schizophrenic. Much of the narration is to a black screen. The film also has MANY random images (in color and black & white--shot over MANY years) plastered within--and a few images shot specifically for this film (though very little of the movie seems to be from this latter category). There also are a lot of characters who kill others or themselves. It's incoherent, to say the least.

FYI--according to the notes on the DVD, Maclaine was later institutionalized for drug addiction, though I am also pretty certain drugs were not his only difficulty.


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