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The Lift (1972)

A man lives out his daily routine until he meets unexpected stress in the form of his buildings elevator.

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A man lives out his daily routine until he meets unexpected stress in the form of his buildings elevator.

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Quite dull really
31 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

For some directors it is really quite interesting to look back and see what they did before they got famous – for example Steve McQueen's art installations are interesting to view in the context of how he directs in films such as Hunger and 12 Years a Slave. However it other cases it is just a curiosity to see student work and think to oneself about how a very successful mainstream career came after such an unmemorable student film. In case you can't guess, the latter is the case with Robert Zemeckis' first student film here.

Shot in dialogueless black & white with a jazz score, it is the story of man versus machine, in this case a man going to work having to deal with an elevator. In terms of plot it doesn't really do much and lacks a specific direction – it doesn't play particularly to comedy, to horror, to tension, to thoughtfulness etc. Instead it tells the story and Zemeckis seems to be more about technique, framing etc than he is about telling a good story in an engaging way. Worth a look for big fans of Zemeckis or for students struggling with their own films and wondering if they can ever progress, but otherwise it is quite a dull film that I doubt I'll remember a week from now.


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