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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

YouTubing-To-Obscure-Shameless-Self-Promotion Wednesdays: Good lord. I'm on film. How did that happen?

The other day on my wacky film newsgroup, someone was discussing Michel Gondry's awesome video for the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be." In this video (which is awesome), Gondry seamlessly cuts between icky late-'90s video and glorious 35mm. Someone else mentioned that in an interview, he confessed that his aesthetic reasoning was partly as a comment on a bizarre BBC tradition: interiors on video; exteriors on film. Being around in the late '60s/early '70s, Monty Python were never abov this cost-cutting trick...but they did deliver it a massive, mind-bending blow in the following clip, which doubles as a delirious bit of filmic/televisual/media deconstruction. Besides, even the fourth-wall breaking in La Jetée isn't as unnerving as Graham Chapman's drawn-out one here.

I'd say you should skip to the two-minute mark for the pertinent section, but this sketch, en totale, easily ranks on my top ten list of Best Python Bits.

The Weekly!! Two A-Lists, one an overview of a retro on British documentarian-turned-falconer Peter Whitehead, the other a blurb on the not-very-good (but portentously titled) doc Before the Music Dies. There's plenty more on Whitehead, as well as Abel Ferrara's Mary, in Rep, plus a review of Cassavetes' brainless Alpha Dog.

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