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74 minutes · 2013

Essay, Experimental
Composed entirely of clips from other movies, this essayistic video collage by Mike Olenick looks at photography and portraiture in cinema, presenting scenes from the likes of Vertigo, Fight Club, and Blow Out. Playing over this imagery is brooding voice-over narration that quotes dialogue from the sampled movies and makes weighty, pseudointellectual statements about cinematic representation of dreams, reality, and memory (apparently the voice belongs to a camera and the onscreen images onscreen are its dreams and reality). The video recalls Thom Andersen's Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003), but whereas that film was valuable for its pragmatism and lack of artifice, this hyper-Bazinian experiment is gimmicky and self-indulgent.

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