A gloomy, almost apocalyptic vision playing out in a direct sequence of scenes showing hopeless situations and moments when something is headed towards its inevitable conclusion, no matter how far away it still is.
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I have mixed feelings about Rosenblatt's films, but I must admit that many of the limitations of his other short films are transcended in this one, which may be one of his best. The moral dilemma may be spurious, given the ontological presuppositions of a social reality patterned after the contingency of nature (or, reproducing this very contingency), but the outcome is intriguing.
Kind of inane, which is sorta Rosenblatt’s style: he slaps you around the face with dozens of mishmashed cuts then adds a sly voice over that may or may not relate to anything. It depends how pliable you are. This time I didn’t bend though.
This or that - to electrocute an elephant or to light a match. Well, whatever. Yet another piece from Rosenblatt made of old footage fragments accompanied by repetitious sounds and a question. The sequence with the match as the beginning is probably the highlight (no pun intended) - a nice idea, what follows left me unimpressed. Okay, Rosenblatt's saga - checked, thank you!
It seems explicit, but it is elusive. The insoluble problem of faith or choice remains tangential. Rosenblatt's laconicism seems to be a psychological pattern that has become an aesthetic feature. However, some frames are beautiful. Other frames are shocking.
Confrontation with the moral weight of choice in its media context. The possibility to look at an event indirectly deprives the viewer of a complete perception of right and wrong, even if a litte discomfrot is still present at all times. In a short decontextualized world of visual comunication, what is left is a post-watch moral judgement that the eagerness of spectacle has delayed.