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« on: October 25, 2011, 04:35:55 PM »

just as the title says.

La Strada (1954) for comes to mind to me instantly. Something tells me that the director was trying to do more then depict the lives of circus performers.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2011, 10:07:55 AM »

just as the title says.

La Strada (1954) for comes to mind to me instantly. Something tells me that the director was trying to do more then depict the lives of circus performers.

Coincidentally, I got this from Netflix and watched it last Saturday.  If you watch the Martin Scorsese intro on the DVD, it might give you some insight.

One that comes to mind for me is David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE.  It's a barrage of great images and snippets of dialogue, but is very disorienting. 


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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2011, 10:25:01 AM »


One that comes to mind for me is David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE.  It's a barrage of great images and snippets of dialogue, but is very disorienting. 


Some people have spent way too much time trying to analyze this one, but I am pretty damn sure it's Lynch's try at true surrealism---like "Un Chien Andalou," it isn't intended to make any literal, conscious sense.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2011, 12:10:45 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2011, 12:31:29 PM »

I didn't fully understand 2001: A Space Odyssey at first viewing, but loved it anyways. I like to think I understand most of it now, though.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2011, 12:59:17 PM »

I didn't have a clue what was going on in 2001, but it was still very cool.  It's all explained in 2010 pretty much.

Still don't know what's going on in Zardoz, but that's kind of what's fun about it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2011, 01:25:32 PM »


Still don't know what's going on in Zardoz, but that's kind of what's fun about it.

Everyone is taking a lot of drugs while making a movie.  Smile
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2011, 02:16:48 PM »

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2011, 06:35:11 PM »

EL TOPO-I read an interview with the director in an old Castle of Frankenstein magazine-and he didnt make a dam bit of sense,either!!!

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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2011, 07:38:28 PM »

Cool World:  Have no idea what the main thing or story was about in the film since the most of the time movie seemed doped up on something and busy pulling crap out of their asses that suppose to be the plot I think.  At least it looked cool (no pun intended), had decent voice acting, and a neat soundtrack.
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2011, 04:09:04 PM »


One that comes to mind for me is David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE.  It's a barrage of great images and snippets of dialogue, but is very disorienting.  


Some people have spent way too much time trying to analyze this one, but I am pretty damn sure it's Lynch's try at true surrealism---like "Un Chien Andalou," it isn't intended to make any literal, conscious sense.

I am decidedly a DL fan, but I still haven't worked up the courage to watch Inland Empire. I've read that the movie was largely made in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, with the actors showing up not having any idea what they were going to do that day. Lynch himself started production without a complete screenplay, showing up and handing out pages of freshly written dialogue every day. He said that he had never made a film that way.

I know I'll catch it some day, but I feel like I have to be in a certain frame of mind to undertake a viewing, and the problem is I'm not sure what frame that is.
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2011, 11:37:04 PM »

Eraserhead comes to mind. I adore it, and kinda get it now. First time I watched, I needed a shower.
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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2011, 07:54:12 AM »


One that comes to mind for me is David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE.  It's a barrage of great images and snippets of dialogue, but is very disorienting.  


Some people have spent way too much time trying to analyze this one, but I am pretty damn sure it's Lynch's try at true surrealism---like "Un Chien Andalou," it isn't intended to make any literal, conscious sense.

I am decidedly a DL fan, but I still haven't worked up the courage to watch Inland Empire. I've read that the movie was largely made in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, with the actors showing up not having any idea what they were going to do that day. Lynch himself started production without a complete screenplay, showing up and handing out pages of freshly written dialogue every day. He said that he had never made a film that way.

I know I'll catch it some day, but I feel like I have to be in a certain frame of mind to undertake a viewing, and the problem is I'm not sure what frame that is.


I bought the DVD when it was released and envisioned myself watching about half of it, then taking a break and watching the rest a few days later.  However, I ended up watching it all in one sitting.  I don't know why because it's not easy to follow by any stretch of the imagination.  But it had a hypnotic quality that kept me watching it until the very end.



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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2011, 11:38:54 AM »

El Topo, I know, is mostly impossible to understand as it has meaning specific to the director which he didn't even try to make clear to the audience.  Which is pretty stupid in my book. 
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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2011, 12:15:14 PM »

El Topo, I know, is mostly impossible to understand as it has meaning specific to the director which he didn't even try to make clear to the audience.  Which is pretty stupid in my book. 

I agree that EL TOPO has a meaning specific to the director and it's not clear to the audience.  I don't agree it's a stupid method, however.  To me it's like looking at an old religious text where the precise symbolism, which would have been understood by someone in the ancient culture, is lost on you, but you can still feel the poetry in the words.  Like the experience I would have trying to read the Bhagavad Gita, and even most of the Old Testament.
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