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Volume VII Number 12 . . . . February 16, 2001
City dwellers are strangers with overlapping lives. They exchange glances in a restaurant. They bump into each other on a street corner, only to continue on, alone. (from video cover)In this collection of three short films, we recognize our own lives and habits with amusement. "When the Day Breaks" is a story about Ruby the Pig and the accident that she sees. It contains everyday items, such as a whining teapot, a toaster cord, and the sounds on the street corner. The film cover contains discussion questions for this film that will provide useful classroom debate about the effect of seeing something shocking.
The music in all three films is wonderful, but the second film, "Strings," contains no words, only music and house sounds. Instead, you are taken into the apartment of a woman who bathes to relax and thereby begins a stream and then a flood of water into the apartment below her. Her neighbour arrives to solve the problem, and a camaraderie begins. The short film "Tables of Content" will seem familiar to any people-watcher. An older gentlemen sits in a cafe, watching people and listening to their many conversations.
I thoroughly enjoyed the films, but, with my having a bit of an abstract mind, that would be expected. Because it may be hard for the films to keep the attention of a typical tenth grader, I would recommend this video be shown to honours classes, perhaps in English or history. A film class would most definitely enjoy the techniques used to make the films: pencil and paint on photocopies to achieve a newsreel look in the first film; and, in the last two films, the process of painting on glass and stop-action filming.
Recommended with Reservations.
Stephanie Yamniuk works at the University of Manitoba and is a freelance writer.
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