One Fine Day- This film, along with the other films in this anthology, speaks to how strong cinema affects many individuals. The road this man has to take, a long dirt path road, to reach a run-down movie theatre where he would be shown a new film on a broken projector all due to his love of cinema. The measure may be more drastic than what most of us do to witness a good film, but it does demonstrate the affect film has on us as individuals and a society.
The film illlustrates how the idea of going to see a film is sometimes more satisfying than actually watching the film itself. The man doesn’t really get the satisfaction of understanding the plot, getting a steady stream of pictures, or get to view the film in the presence of others, but he does get the anticipation and excitement that comes with going to the movie theatre and seeing a new film.
I really enjoyed the ending of this film. Watching the film, it already seemed like an unfortunate evening for the man after he had failed to successfully watch the film, but to see the long road he had to follow to go home adds to the point of just how far he had traveled to view the movie.
Three Minutes– I like this film just for the fact the actress does what most of us would like to do with our favorite actor or character in a movie. To talk with an actor whose character in a certain movie has emotionally shifted my life would be an amazing and memorable moment as well as very emotional.
I also liked how the two didn’t engage in a conversation despite the woman pouring out her emotions to Marcello. The fact she tells Marcello all these feelings she has for him and he doesn’t acknowledge her is how we feel each time we talk to an actor or actress we see in a film; we express our emotions, but they’ll never know how much their acting has truly affected our lives.
In The Dark– A true film fanatic’s dream come true; having the power to run a big, grand movie theatre to any film you choose for your own pleasure. With the exception of the couple making out, who wouldn’t want this power? To fully engage and focus on a new film on a nice big screen all to yourself to display your true emotions would make for the best possible film watching experience.
At first, I thought it was a situation similar to the one in One Fine Day, where an individual is watching a film through several obstacles to enjoy cinema. However, I found it humorous when the woman quickly exited the theatre to change the sign in front of the building from “Open” to “Close”. It’s not something you’d usually see from a movie theatre worker, for fear of losing their job, but this woman’s passion to watch film far exceeds the desire to stop for an inconsiderate couple or fear of losing a consistent paycheck.
The thing I really like about this film is what happens in the movie is the same thing that is happening to those that watch. The woman was watching the films to get away from the real world, while that is what we were doing when we were watching this film. We were watching an example of what we were doing at that moment. Kind of ‘Twilight’esque, but I like it nonetheless.
Diary of A Moviegoer– The passion displayed in this film is something anybody can do with cinema they’ve experienced in their life. Almost any movie we’ve seen can relate to a certain event or moment in our life. Cinema has a huge affect on our life whether or not we realize it and this film epitomizes this fact.
As the actor sits in different seats explaining different events that happened to him while witnessing these films, it shows how cinema will stick with us through every walk of life and through anything that life throws at us. Watching this film, I started thinking of all the films that have affected me over the years and where I was when I first saw those films. Also, it brought back the emotions and memories of what I was doing in my life at the times I saw those movies.
This movie didn’t have a plot or multiple settings, but this film spoke to me a lot. I’m not the biggest movie fan, but this short still made me feel excited and passionate about film and cinema.
The Electronic Princess Picture House– Cinema can help people get away from the real world, even if that real world is fighting in a war. All these people had to get away from the war that was dominating their lives was to go to a warehouse and watch films on a small projector.
When we think of our lives as being stressful, we often resort to cinema to escape from these things. We turn to film after we have a bad day, have something on our minds, or just want to get away from it all. However, sometimes we don’t realize the extent to which cinema can get us away from everything. There is obviously a difference from a hard day at work to fighting in a war, but cinema can help to take our minds off of our worries no matter how severe.
Darkness– Similar to the original Ten Minutes Older short film, this short shows nothing but a fan’s reaction to a film. The conclusion of the film, seeing the woman cry due to the film she is watching, speaks to the strength of the film she has just watched. No plot, no actors/actresses, but this film still drives home the point of how strong cinema is in our lives.
Just like several other films in this anthology, Darkness shows just how much cinema moves us. We don’t know what she’s watching, but we know the film has had a huge impact on this woman who is crying at the end of the film. The anticipation, the drama, and the conclusion of this film are based on how she reacts to the film she is watching which hinders our reactions to watching the film we are watching.
The film is short and sweet, but I believe it goes along with the rest of this anthology.
Anna– A truly upsetting film, this film may have had the biggest impact on me within this anthology. It demonstrates another aspect of the love of cinema, but it’s sad to think about someone who can’t see, or at one time could but now can’t see, the movie screen and needs assistance to understand the movie they’re watching. Every part of this film was powerful.
Even though the woman can’t see, her desire to enjoy the feeling of cinephilia drives her to go to the movies. The want and desire to see the film to better understand the point of the movie are so overwhelming to the individual that once she leaves the movie theatre she cries.
It’s romantic how the man tries to keep her updated as to things she would need to see to understand the film and how he cares so much about her movie watching.
Unfortunately for the woman, cinema has an adverse affect on her as cinema causes her to face her struggle head on. While most people go to the movie theatre to escape their problems, this woman pries at her struggle by watching films.
This film shows no matter how upsetting or difficult it is for a person to go to the movies, the feeling of cinephilia is something everybody wants to experience and be a part of.
Movie Night– Once again, the feeling of cinephilia is better than watching the film itself. The kid who enjoys making shadow puppets with the white screen of the projector after running around in the excitement of movie night doesn’t actually get to the view the film due to his timing of a nap.
Not necessarily immaturity, but a lack of experience displayed by the kid causes his anticipation of viewing the movie make him actually miss the film itself. The anticipation of cinephilia is something everybody experiences when going to the movies, but obviously it’s something you learn to handle better with age (like most things).
All in all, this was a cute film that illustrating the idea of cinephilia perfectly.
The Dybbuk of Haifa– Just like The Electronic Princess Picture House, this film shows how cinema has helped people through hard times spanning from Warsaw back in 1936 and Haifa 2006.
The showing of the same film between these two distant locations expresses how film can span generations. Different situations for different people raised at different times in a society’s history can all be helped by a single film regardless of when it was produced.
The ending of the film was kind of a brutal truth. No matter how much movies help us to briefly escape the problems and troubles that surrond us, they can’t help erase our problems completely. We can let our imaginations run wild for a couple of ours, but once the film ends we have to return to our problems.
The Ladybug– I thought this film was creative in the sense that even a ladybug, who was on the verge of being killed, still found a way to get caught up in the feeling of being on stage for an audience.
I thought it was interesting how the ladybug knew what to do on stage because she had been caught in the ceiling for so long she had caught on to what performers do on that stage.
I feel as though it doesn’t quite fit in perfectly with the rest of the films in this anthology, but it is still entertaining and creative to an extent.