"The viewer’s ability to sit at a distance and hold the light, the past, the animal, in his or her hand - that was drama. It offered a mastery that was new and thrilling. The world might be yours to dream over."
- David Thomson on Eadweard Muybridge, The Big Screen
At the core of cinema, in its most basic and essential form, is light. All those who have sat in the dark and become entranced by a film have…
Even with an inescapably 'digital' look, this is probably the most polished short film made by a member of the Letterboxd community. There's lush cinematography with clever visual imagery, and Mr. Ratzlaff is inspired by editing in a way few young filmmakers seem to be. True, some of his experiments - particularly the rewinding voices - seem extraneous, and nothing really ever comes together (the final shot is lackluster given the images preceding it) but there's an undeniable dearth of talent and ideas within this director. I certainly look forward to his future efforts.
It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…