Who Is Guillaume Canet?

Discovering and watching movies is a hobby of mine. During summer especially, I develop a slight obsession with certain directors, actors, or film genres. I am well past and beyond my Wuxia phase; I have watched every single movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, or featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie or Audrey Tautou; my list of classical Hollywood movies is ever receding… and my love for French films will never cease.

Which is why I bring to you today my French discovery of the year, actor and director Guillaume Canet. Continue reading “Who Is Guillaume Canet?”

Who Is Darren Aronofsky?

It all starts with a movie called “Requiem for a Dream”. A favorite actor of mine, Jared Leto (also the lead singer/guitarist of 30 Seconds To Mars) stars in it, so naturally, I decided one afternoon to watch it with some friends. And boy, what a movie!

The central theme is addiction: to drugs, to ideals, to dreams, any and every addiction you can think of. It revolves around a guy, his mother and two of his friends, who already are in too deep, and the inevitable downward spiral they all go through, until all hope is lost.

While I don’t know much about filming techniques, I can recognize something special and unique when I see it. And I saw that in “Requiem for a Dream”. Curious, I pay Wikipedia a visit, discover that the director is Darren Aronofsky, and read the following:

Aronofsky uses montages of extremely short shots throughout the film. While an average 100-minute film has 600 to 700 cuts, Requiem features more than 2,000. Split-screen is used extensively, along with extremely tight closeups.

In order to portray the shift from the objective, community-based narrative to the subjective, isolated state of the characters’ perspectives, Aronofsky alternates between extreme closeups and extreme distance from the action and intercuts reality with a character’s fantasy. Aronofsky aims to subjectivise emotion, and the effect of his stylistic choices is personalisation rather than alienation.

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