And sometimes when the night is slow,

The wretched and the meek,

We gather up our hearts and go,

A Thousand Kisses Deep.

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Fall (Taken with instagram)

Rhytmus 21, 23

Rhytmus 21 and Rhytmus 23 are two interesting experimental animation pieces by Hans Richter. The square movements gave me a feeling of looking down to modern skyscrapers from a very high point in the sky. As opposed to R21, R23 contains more fragmented shapes of long rectangles that resembles staircases. They dragged my attention because it’s like a cross section of a building from looking downwards. It’s an interesting angle.

Another thing I noticed and like is the squares in R21 start from white on black and moved to black on white after the two colors slides through the screen. We can interpret them as day and night shifts, and it did a great job of showing this transition.

The most amazing thing in these two pieces, though, are the rhythms. The movements of fragments and the sound (in R21) created a clear rhythm that we can follow. The rhythm connected all the moving fragments together and created a hidden network of shapes. Even though the pieces look very fragmented, the rhythm combines them into a higher level of integrated framework, but we could only observe this framework from the close up views. This is my most significant observation on this two short animations.

from fantasy to reality

Mulholland Dr. creates a story woven with reality and illusions. It presents unlimited possible interpretations. I was particularly intrigued by the role shift in the two parts of the films. The film is like a puzzle to most audience in that it creates inconsistencies with the roles, namely, Diana, Camila, Rita, and Betty. The symbols, including the blue key and the blue box make the character transitions in an unexpected way. After opening the blue box, the previous world was completely distorted and the film turned into a dream-like illusion, where Betty became the dead Diana, and Rita, the helpless girl, become the Hollywood stars, just as Betty was originally. Diana was not dead, but she was not as popular and lucky in the former part while Camila took Diana’s spot. This role change makes us wondering what is real, and what is fantasy. Ironically, a better interpretation to the film is that the latter part was the reality! All the wonderful things Betty had was only Diana’s dream. More importantly, not only are people’s lives different, but also their names are changed according to Diana’s fantasy. Betty became the new Diana, and she had all the luck in Hollywood. Everything seemed ideal for her. This name was from the waitress and it created a new life for Diana. Camila turned into the poor Rita that could not live without Betty. The person with name Camila became a different girl, but not as dominant was the real Camila. This shift in characters names made the film more puzzling, but also intriguing. It’s a phenomenal film, and there are too much things to talk about for a short film review.