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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: In the Mouth of Madness
Re: What was the last movie you watched?
An unquestionable masterpiece. A total mind fuck, but an incredible thought provoking film that is completely left open to interpretation when it's all said and done. People will have their theories, but there is no way you can boil this down to being about or representing one thing.
A nurse and her patients 'persona's' start to merge together with absolutely stunning results. That is essentially the very bare minimum of what this film is about. There are a ton of moments that legitimately played tricks with my mind here. The photography and imagery is out of this world, even by today's standards, let alone the mid 60's. The camera tricks and the editing are as good as if not better than anything I've ever seen. There is a moment where the film is portrayed to literally break when a key moment happens which was an incredible way to portray the importance of it in the overall scheme of things. I couldn't believe some of the stuff in this film. I've never seen anything like it.
This film clearly influenced David Lynch in a huge way. I even think there's a scene in Mulholland Drive taken directly from this as a tribute to this film and Bergman. The imagery and editing style are also clear in almost all of Lynch's work. This film is arguably a bigger mind bender than anything Lynch did though. There were moments I hadn't a clue as to what was happening, but things do get revealed as it progresses. I'm still unsure about what I think actually happened and what it all meant, but I have an idea and I'm dying to re-watch this again. It's a film above any other that I've seen that demands numerous watches. If you're willing to have nothing laid out for you, and make your own mind up about this, there's no way you won't be thinking about it for days afterwards. I can't get it out of my head.
The music and the images are used to perfection to create an eerie atmosphere and even a sense of uncomfortableness. It's beautiful to look at, it has some of the best imagery I've ever seen put to film, two brilliant performances from the lead actresses, stunning direction and a film to really make your brain work, maybe more so than any other I've seen. It really is an amazing piece of art.