Still Life

by David M.

Created 07/15/12

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I decided to compile a non-numerical list of a few films from the collection that capture stillness or quietness in a profound way.

  • You could (and should) probably start any list on this subject with an Ozu film. I chose this set for the scene in the empty theatre where small pieces of paper flutter down in the midst of a tense argument. This scene is present in both the original and the re-make.

  • The scene in the hotel tv room and on the day off are particularly beautiful.

  • Who else would have thought to make a film about the French resistance and include so much silence and waiting. When I think back on this film it is like the whole thing exists in a haze of smoke, and everyone is waiting for someone to make the first move.

  • The opening section of this film is gorgeous from start to finish, Kelvin's solitary stroll is so perfectly understated.

  • Maybe this film is more about what threatens stillness, but Antonioni definitely 'gets' that space here.

  • More Kiarostami in the collection please...

  • Maybe the title is all that you need to know.

  • The montage when the gang of criminals evacuate the building that they have been turning upside down is so beautiful.

  • Erice understands how imagination manifests itself itself in a silent space in an unbounded and sometimes terrifying way.

  • Ting Ting's scenes are all so delicate. Also, more Taiwanese films in the collection please.

  • Costa has single handedly shown us how low grade digital can capture light in a totally unique way, and in doing so he breathes a freshness into the idea of quiet and still imagery.

1 comment

  • By David M.
    July 17, 2012
    09:57 PM

    If only there were some Hou Hsiao-Hsien titles for me to add to this list.