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¶ Short of the Day #103: Zone

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Post by Carmel1379 » May 29th, 2017, 2:39 pm

I'll just drop the link to this, to connect nodes, frame these linked pictures on the wall and hollowly stare at those semi-accessible memories in a locked room, filled with objects reminding of the passing of time. This person cannot drive, he's terminally ambushed, becoming an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone, surrounded by ambient spectres and everything Itoian.

There are some resemblances to Schneider and Beckett's film 'Film', both films have a central character that evades being clearly perceived, moves around the room and confronts artefacts of his life in his apartment/basement. There's a very abstract feeling to both of them, and a shrewd, cold way of dispatching existential horror unto the viewer.
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whom shall we find
Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?

Well here he is skidded out onto the Zone like a planchette on a Ouija board, and what shows up inside the empty circle in his brain might string together into a message, might not, he'll just have to see.

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » May 29th, 2017, 3:33 pm

Carmel1379 on May 29 2017, 08:39:32 AM wrote:d-d-d-d-drop the link
Thanks for the comment. It's my favorite Takashi Ito but I haven't rewatched it for this so I can't say much about it now, I certainly did perceive it strongly as existential horror and I think it was very much about memory and time for me.

I generally like those later Takashi Ito films (especially 'Dizziness' and 'A Silent Day') which have an abstract narrative and seem somewhat personal instead of (relatively) coldly structural, but his experience with more rigorously structural films serves him well with them and I also find them pretty effective as horror which to me is always a plus.
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