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¶ Short of the Day #87: Silent Snow, Secret Snow

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¶ Short of the Day #87: Silent Snow, Secret Snow

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » May 10th, 2017, 7:28 am

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Silent Snow, Secret Snow (Gene R. Kearney, 1964) :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKRDYbfFrps
Length: 16 minutes 58 seconds

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A haunting short film that due to its narration and its focus on a boy feels like an esoteric educational short. But if looked at it within this context one really would have deem it an anti-educational film in which conventional knowledge is an enemy at most and a hindrance at least, and esoteric understanding is encouraged. Its narrator indeed is in support of everything the young protagonist does, instead of trying to change and correct him.

Despite the narration that runs throughout, 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' doesn't announce what it is about, and it is presented as neither a cautionary tale, nor horror, nor fantasy, in the end it probably is what you bring to it. It can be a 'Repulsion-esque horror film about an autistic/schizophrenic kid or it can be a wonderful film about a kid looking beyond the hard reality, perceiving a reality that instead is covered in beautiful, white, fluffy, soft snow. I know which reading I prefer.

The film is based on a short story by Conrad Aiken, apparently some kids watched this film in classrooms after reading the story, so knowing this the educational short comparison seems even more appropriate to me. Its director Gene R. Kearney a few years later in the early 70's directed another adaptation of this story for the "Night Gallery" series where Orson Welles provided the narration.

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » May 10th, 2017, 6:31 pm

Armoreska on May 10 2017, 05:46:34 AM wrote:Also part of this Night Gallery episode:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/nig ... cret+snow/
No, it isn't. I talked about this in the comments.
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Post by Armoreska » May 10th, 2017, 8:16 pm

Oh, yeah, I skipped a few vital words. So you think this version is superior?

Looking at the TV version again, it's got some of that cheesy TV vibe
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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » May 10th, 2017, 11:43 pm

Armoreska on May 10 2017, 02:16:59 PM wrote:Oh, yeah, I skipped a few vital words. So you think this version is superior?

Looking at the TV version again, it's got some of that cheesy TV vibe
I haven't seen the "Night Gallery" version. You can read some opinions here by people who have seen both, which you probably don't need anymore since you apparently have watched it now. But I'll eat my sledge if I like the "Night Gallery" version better than this, Orson Welles narration or not.
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