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Very Nice, Very Nice (1961)

Not Rated | | Short | 1961 (Canada)
Through an unconventional use of concise narrative, a conceptual collage of sounds and images, and a rapid-fire montage, Arthur Lipsett's first film vividly portrays the urban estrangement in the times of social erosion and materialism.

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The current day-to-day life is much different than what it was thirty or forty years ago, but it is the life to which we as people are now accustomed and take for granted. But it also provides us with what we must deal, including joys, happiness, sorry and anxiety. These thoughts are interpreted through a series of snapshots and sounds - some, what we now take for granted as being givens, but some more disturbing - combined in such a way to make one ponder if life is indeed better than it was thirty years ago. Written by Huggo

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While working at the Canadian National Film Board, Arthur Lipsett collected pieces of sound and put them together. When he played the finished product for some friends they suggested putting images to the sound and he set about doing that. This film is the result. See more »

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life in civilization
11 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

Arthur Lipsett's "Very Nice, Very Nice" is a litany of random narration and images. Watching it, I saw it as a sort of precursor to "Koyaanisqatsi", as the various photos show the modern world, posing the question of what it means to live in this modern world. It was easy to think that all the modern conveniences made life better than it had ever been, but what did the status quo mean beyond that? "Very Nice, Very Nice" received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Live Action Short Film, and also received praise from Stanley Kubrick. It's not a great movie, but an interesting use of artistry. It's worth seeing, if only once.

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