David Pratt-Robson’s website videoarcadia
is full with varied, scholarly, passionate, and deeply insightful cinematic analysis. One particular post of his I have enjoyed recently is Approaching Colossal Youth
, an article on Pedro Costa’s utterly remarkable Portuguese film from 2006. David, contributing to Harry Tuttle’s Contemplative Cinema Blogathon
, looks at the film from many angles, among them Costa’s paradoxical use of sound design, influence from John Ford, and the film’s links to The Odyssey
. Here is a selection:
"What’s less commented upon is his sound design: fluid, lush, and busy, with the sounds of vehicles and people talking, as well as bulldozers tearing down the neighborhood (though much less in Colossal Youth); all the strands flow together so that nothing in particular can be heard, even while every pixel can be easily discerned (whereas the spots in film, seen up-close, seem to blink and move like fireflies, never sticking in place). Whereas the visuals in Colossal Youth seems fixed in every possible way, like images of dead men talking in a dead world, the soundtrack is always in flux, completely lively: whatever sense of bareness is raised by the views of lonely men talking against white-washed homogenized spaces is negated entirely by the alternate sense of a close community, never seen, just behind these walls."