All The Invisible Children

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Song Song and Little Cat– The contrast between Song Song and the poor girl’s life is so great that Song Song learns to be happy for what she has. Seeing the poor girl taking such pride and happiness in the doll made Song Song realize that you don’t need much to be happy and it also made her realize how good her life was. Song Song’s change in attitude ultimately saves her life.

The poor girl, who was originally homeless, still found a way to put on a smile at a time when she should have been very depressed due to her grandfather’s death and the abuse she received from her boss. However, she loves the doll Song Song threw away at the beginning of the film and when Song Song sees how well the poor girl took care of the child she was in awe. The poor girl’s ability to somehow smile at a time like that made Song Song happy knowing the doll meant so much to her.

Irony, of course, was a theme in this film. Song Song and her parents are getting really upset over a situation that ultimately isn’t life-altering while the poor girl can’t seem to catch a break; she appreciates the fact she has somebody who cares for her after she was left in the trash. Something that, at the time, meant very little for Song Song turned out to be a life-changing thing for the poor girl (what’s one man’s trash is another man’s treasure).

John Woo delivered the point so dramatically any viewer would feel moved by the film. The seen when the grandfather dies and the scene where Song Song saw the doll were some of the most moving scenes we have seen in class yet. If another film maker made this film, I don’t think it would have been as amazing.

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Ten Minutes Older

Ten Minutes Older (Herz Frank)- Although it’s not part of the Ten Minutes Older anthology, Ten Minutes Older is believed to be the movie that sparked the idea for the anthology.

Sticking to the title, the only thing the viewer can truly take away from watching the film is that at the end of it they are ten minutes older. Since the camera shows nothing but children watching a film, what can the viewer truly take away from the film? That movies may make a point, but at the end of the film the only thing you’ve really accomplished is grown ten minutes older.

Another minor point the movie made was the audience endures several emotions while watching the film. Although each viewer may not have the same emotion as others to a certain film, almost every film has a huge emotional affect on each viewer.

Lifeline– Infants, children, and adults spend and experience time differently. Infants sleep, children play, and the elderly look for a way to peacefully pass the time, but at the end of the day they all share the same time.

Victor Erice displays this concept by showing how everybody in an extended family is spending their time; doing field work, playing solitaire, sleeping, etc. Then, when the baby is bleeding and needs to be attended to, everybody reacts in a timely fashion and start engaging in the same activity. The speed of the time may seem different across the age groups, but it’s still the same time that each is experiencing and sharing.

Life is a long, drawn out experience, but a few seconds can change a life forever. Everybody in the extended family went from doing something of miniscule importance to pitching in to help save a baby.

Ten Thousand Years Older– Werner Herzog decided to make a documentary for his ten minutes. The affect he made on the civilization he visited was astounding. Sending a tribe who still hunted and killed other men into individuals who could talk, shop, and interact with white people may be the most intriguing aspect found on the Ten Minutes Older anthology.

Herzog’s courage simply amazes at times. After being creative enough to even think of a concept as deep as this, Herzog boldy walks into the tribe’s territory knowing how dangerous they are. It is this idea that seperates Herzog from most film makers. 

It’s weird to think how a short film can change an actual group of people’s lives so vastly. Sure, short films always deliver a point and change our lives to an extent (think about things differently, act somewhat differently), but I haven’t seen another film that changed a public group so much.

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Das Rad

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think a movie about a bunch of rocks would be that entertaining, but I was wrong. Use of a person’s time on perspective against an inanimate object’s time on perspective and the animation in the film make this a good watch.

Differing from other films related to multiple perspectives on time, like Lifeline and 10 Minute Film, Das Rad compares what a lifetime of a rock looks like compared to a person’s lifetime. 

It was a creative film in the sense that since rocks are on Earth for much longer than a person, the speed of the actions surronding the rocks are very, very fast. However, you can tell just how fast they are moving when a person looks comes up and looks at the rocks. To the rocks, they barely noticed the person was even there due to the fact that everything around them is moving so fast. To the person, it was a full 10 to 15 seconds.

These rocks survive cities and global climate changes and don’t react to interactions with people becaue they move too fast.

Creative idea and I really enjoyed the animation.

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To Each His Own Cinema

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.

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A sad story about a kid who just wants to go to school, Kavi is a film that is deep and touching because of it’s human element.

Unfortunately for Kavi, he has to work at such an early age and can’t afford to play with his friends. Being a poorer child from a poor country, Kavi has the hard life of doing a lot of physical labor and is unable to play with the kids that he sees around him. This movie is making a statement about how hard life can actually be.

The difference between rich people and poor people, even in the same country sometimes, is so great that it can be hard for a child to deal with their unfortunate situation. Kavi is forced into horrible situations and has to deal with things nobody should have to deal with while other kids get to relax and have a good time. The movie is making a statement as to how fortunate we have it here in America, while some parts of the globe are constantly filled with violence and abuse.

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A Day’s Work

Yet another amazing short film from a student, A Day’s Work is a great film showcasing the difficulty of overcoming racial stereotypes and general hatred between people in the world. The intensity of the film’s ending add to the statement of the movie as well as provides more food for thought.

The two kids prove that they can overcome their differences and bond. However, at the end of the movie, a shooting shows that no matter how far they’ve come the boys will always have to live in the shadow of their elders’ hatred and unacceptance of others. Unfortunately, this statement rings true for a lot of people today. A lot of people in our generation are willing to accept others for who they are and are starting to treat everybody as equals. This mentality, however, was hard to find for the generations before us. Since our elders influence how we act and feel about things, our generation, in a sense, is doomed to follow in the footsteps of our parents even if we interact and understand a different group of people.

This movie also displayed how some miscommunication can be tragic. The white man said he had left his wallet at the store, which he did, but the men who had come to help him move in didn’t believe him since they had been mistreated by other white people in the past. As stated before, this was the older generation, the generation that didn’t trust or believe in other people enough to communicate with them. If the same situation had happened between the kids, it seems as though they would most likely have solved it a lot calmer and less violent.

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Die Rote Jacke

Unlike some films seen this semester, Die Rote Jacke had a positive twist to the story at the end rather than following through with what everybody had anticipated. In addition to the pleasant twist at the end of the film, this film also had a very high production quality. Similar to some other films we’ve watched in class, this student film was very amazing for a student our age in college.

A common theme in short films that was seen in this one is the setup of a plot, action, suspense, climax, and ending with very little to no dialogue. The entire journey of the jacket from the street, to the kid, back to the house provided the audience with a lot of emotional twists and turns, but not the most amount of dialogue. This tactic has always impressed me. Just the filmmaker’s ability to create such a great film without taking the easier route of having the actors and actresses tell the story for them is something that most likely caused this film to win an award.

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