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301 Ratings

It's Such a Beautiful Day

Directed by Don Hertzfeldt
United States, 2011
Short, Animation, Comedy


In the third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s Everything Will Be OK, Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems.

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It's Such a Beautiful Day Directed by Don Hertzfeldt
Though the stakes are verbal, the gag is visual. While the gag is fulfilled, it’s delivered by switching modes of address. Hertzfeldt spells it out without spelling it out: HOW’S UP! appears onscreen, but the narrator doesn’t say it. The joke wouldn’t work if he simply verbalized the resulting foul-up, but by literally illustrating the line visually, he atomizes his prongs of attack: keeping text, image and sound separate, the director asks us to participate in completing the gag with him.
July 25, 2016
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…An immersive masterpiece of multiframed compositions, blotches of vibrant colour and elliptical editing that calls to mind the greats of Soviet montage… Taken as a whole, it’s an ambitious and provocative blessing that manages to be about everything and anything and always without sounding pretentious.
May 02, 2013
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His first feature, It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012), is currently in limited release and affirms Hertzfeldt as a true virtuoso, constructing an emotional narrative of existential meditation from swaths of banal occurrences, nightmarish hallucinations and devastatingly funny memories.
October 07, 2012
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