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20,000 Days on Earth
A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.
Came in with no real relationship to Nick Cave or his music and loved this trip... It doesn't exactly enter F FOR FAKE territory, but it's just contrived and calibrated enough, with Cave openly musing about his fascination with narratives and instinctive need to embellish his own experiences, that it wouldn't shock me to learn that the "documentary's" only bit of truth – so far as these things go – is what I came in already knowing: Cave is a fringe rock star who spends a lot of time writing and recording songs. Maybe he doesn't live in Brighton, isn't married to a (stunning) woman named Suzie, doesn't have twin boys, doesn't see a therapist, and there's no team of…
"I am transforming, I am vibrating - I'm glowing - I'm flying! Look at me now!"
I used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's much better now - I'm miserable all the year round these days - and one of the ways I used to get it under control was to take photos and videos of grey, rainy skies. If I could take the weather that was troubling me and turn it into a matter of exposure lengths and f-stops, I could control it.
One of the many, many, many revelations of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's new film about Nick Cave is that he used to do the same thing. Although Cave never struck me as the sort…
Nick Cave plays Nick Cave in a 'documentary' that at times seems to encompass larger cinematic proportions than you would typically associate with the genre. The film is presented as his 20,000 day alive since birth, 24 hours in the life of an artist, a husband, a Dad, a dreamer, a realist and a middle-age man living in Brighton. To call this a documentary is not really true in the strictest sense, regularly drifting into the fictional realm so often inhabited by its subjects songs.
Certainly if you are turned on by the idea of delving into an artists creative process, being taken into the confusing, restless mind that attempts to make sense of their life and world around them…
Memories don’t matter so much to me for I often tend to recall the bad ones: those in which I did something embarrassing or which are dominated by disappointment. Not that I am unhappy about the things I do, it’s just that the good ones fade much faster. Watching a guy recall his memories therefore doesn’t appeal to me as a concept for a ‘documentary’, especially since I’m not a Nick Cave fan per se, although this film fortunately centred on his latest album - Push the Sky Away - that I’ve acquainted more than the rest of his back catalogue. There way too much semi-philosophical mumbling that may work for his spoken-words style of song writing, but which, as…
When I talk about editing as a creative art form, I'm thinking of things like showing Nick Cave kicking the air, then cutting in mid-movement to his younger self completing the same move. Poetry, commentary and emotion in one cut.
This is still brilliant.
Now I will tell you how to slay the dragon.
20,000 Days on Earth is simply the feeling you get when something higher than yourself is levelling with you. Nick Cave, a being drifting around in the philosophical stratosphere at the dumbest of times, is an artist that I never expected to decipher, nor even appreciate. The trailer of this quasi-documentary suggests further impenetrable ramblings about 'Important Stuff', yet I can't imagine a more inviting and welcoming creation of random musings than this.
Tinkering with structure playfully, 20,000 Days's concept is slight yet expansive. Following Nick Cave's 20,000th day on Planet Earth (we can only assume he's spent many more days on other planets), it segues between reminiscing about the…
Welcome to The Holy Motors of music.
The reason I love Holy Motors so much is because of just how much Denis Lavant puts into his performance. It may be the greatest performance I've ever seen. I'd usually be pretty confident in that thought, there would normally be no stutter in my thinking, no mental blink. Normally there would be no perhaps or maybe. But Nick Cave in this movie pushes him real close. I'm not an expert, to be honest I know fuck all about anything, but I do know what I love, and I fucking love this film.
I'm not even a Nick Cave fan, never been into The Bad Seeds at all. To be honest that is…
"I'D LIKE SOME CHAMPAGNE, SOME COCAINE, AND SOME SAUSAGES." - Nina Simone
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Um mosaico traz a contagem progressiva da vida de Nick Cave com imagens desde sua infância até o 20.000º dia. Narrador e protagonista, Nick Cave se transveste ora de comediante, ora de músico obsessivo. Pai de família e “médium sensitivo”. Uma docuficção que ri de si mesma nos momentos mais ridículos característicos desse tipo de filme que mistura documentário com ficção e que ainda reserva tempo para ser muito séria e corajosa ao permitir pausas narrativas para que músicas inteiras sejam executadas – atenção especial para as performances de Higgs Boson Blues e Jubilee Street, esta última que praticamente encerra o filme e deixou meu corpo completamente arrepiado.
“Os lugares escolhem você”. Nick Cave se define basicamente de uma maneira:…
No existe nada en nuestra existencia que no pueda ser narrado, que no nos acompañe como un paso más dentro de nuestra historia. Nos pasamos la vida construyendo nuestra personalidad, nuestras circunstancias, dándoles coherencia y creando una consecución lógica de nuestros actos para que, cuando finalmente podamos darla por cerrada, no podamos transmitirla; si la muerte es el punto y final de nuestras vidas, también lo es de toda posibilidad de comunicar nuestra existencia como un todo coherente y cerrado. Un todo que no podemos comprender desde nosotros mismos —ni desde la mirada ajena en tanto sólo nosotros conocemos todos los detalles, aunque sea a un nivel inconsciente—, porque ni siquiera podemos ver la obra culminada en retrospectiva.
lex: did warren play his beard then
"can you feel my heartbeat?" i would say yes! :) fabulous fictionalised documentary
Nick Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, screenwriter, novelist and actor. This documentary weaves together concert and studio footage along with Cave writing with long time collaborator Warren Ellis, an interview cum therapy session and a series of staged Q&A conversations with people Cage has worked with in the past. Amongst these latter are Kylie Minogue (who sang on a Bad Seeds song) and Ray Winstone who starred in 'The Proposition' that Cave wrote.
All of the above elements are edited together rather cleverly to give the impression we are stepping through Cave's own memories and thought processes. Clearly an imaginative and thoughtful individual his fascination with the transformational power of art and performance and his endless pursuit of new…
Almost impossible to finish as it keeps making you want to get off your lazy fat ass and create something.
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…