Monday, 15 December 2008

That Obscure Object of Desire - Luis Bunuel

Amazing - complex surreal film. Great bit in the documentary about the choice of two actresses to play the same character - makes her even more ambiguous. Limits of improbability and impossibility, title - because when we desire we don't really know what we want in reality, its obscure and abstracted from it, and sometimes we want the desire itself - just that state which lifts us above the banality of life.

Famous dream sequence in The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie must watch when the characters are trapped on stage - wandering round in a flat world, lacking depth and without an exit. Same artificial dimension in That Obscure Object of Desire - colours too bright, false, actors looking into camera - locked in a fake world.

Ideas for set-like work - abstracted scale - false - restricted viewpoints - no exit.

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