June 12, 2004

Diversionary Tactics

Last Year At Marienbad, again (for perhaps the 5th time; this time on DVD): this great Gothic splash of a movie, a film that telegraphs Significance, whose every shot deals (in) cliché; whose every frame, every phrase, draws attention to itself, is self-consciously laden with Sign; whose significance is that you're watching it... its meaning is its Significance, its significance its Meaning. It simultaneously deeply irritates me and draws me in completely... the sort of earnest overwrought effort inevitably described in academic circles as "playful". A series of diversionary tactics....

An obtrusive circus of a score, a sort of mannered laugh track for the intellect. And yet I can't turn away.



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