A Few Words About A few words about... Hotel & Brown Bunny

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  1. Robert Harris

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    I found the time to watch two films this weekend, and I thought I'd offer a short report on them as they are both outside the main stream of filmmaking -- Vincent Gallo's Brown Bunny and Mike Figgis' Hotel.

    While I had heard and read too much about Brown Bunny, I was almost totally unaware of Hotel.

    Both of these films might be categorized as "experimental," which made them an interesting pairing.

    I've been a fan of Mr. Figgis' work since Stormy Monday in 1988, and have seems most of his films in the intervening years. With Time Code he took up a more experimental mode, and Hotel continues in that vein, albeit with less success.

    As far as I can tell, Hotel is ostensibly about a group of filmmakers working on the production of a new version of The Dutchess of Malfi in Venice via the dogme style of filmmaking.

    There are a number of stories going on in this film, and I'd be lying if I said that I understood what they were really about. One follows a group of what appear to be canabilistic vampire types who may be preying on the actors.

    Other than that I really can't explain much of what I viewed.

    What I did come away with, however, was the feeling that I was viewing some sort of grand experiment, and wondering where it might be going. At the very least the film gets you thinking. Ultimately, while style did not survive over content, the style was clearly in force. And while the viewer may not come away feeling rewarded, there is at least that note of being there while something that should be seen is going on.

    For those who might want to take a chance on an oddball film from a very talented and creative filmmaker, Hotel is a recommended rental.

    On the other hand, for Brown Bunny...
     
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    I hope that Vincent Gallo isn't inspired by this to repeat his Ebert-incident of putting a hex on any of RAH's vital internal organs. [​IMG]
     
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    Per Haggai's suggestion, I have edited my discussion above...
     
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    Oh come on, I really wanted to read your BROWN BUNNY comments! I sincerely doubt that Mr. Gallo actually has any mystical powers that would enable him to hex your colon [​IMG]

    Vincent
     
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    [​IMG] It's an unusual DVD review where RAH's vital organs (and precious bodily fluids?) are potentially on the line...
     
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    As did I, but the final two paragraphs of Mr Harris's post rather convey IMHO all he wants or needs to say anyway.

    Somewhat similar to the apocryphal story of a philosophy student answering the exam question "What is guts?" with the one-liner "This is guts." (Or handing up a blank sheet, depending on which version you hear.)
     
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    Regards,
     
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    I saw the original comments, and that was about it, Ken. Something like two lines, where he basically did a mirror of his comments for Hotel: "As for style over content, Brown Bunny had neither." And then, he did make a comment about it being about the longest 95 minutes of his life.

    Now, I just hope he was kidding about trying to avoid the hex, or I may have to edit my recreation. [​IMG]
     
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    RAH has been known to kid around in some of his HTF mini-reviews, a la Sky Captain. The bit about Tom Hanks' multi-character performance is pretty classic. [​IMG]
     
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    He got me and good with that one.

    I take it the trimmings didn't do anything for the film?

    I read this at IMDb:

    "The opening scene of Gallo driving was originally almost 20 minutes of him just driving until it was cut down because it was too long."

    Good god.
     
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    Sir David Lean commented of Mr. Sharif's approach to the well in Lawrence, that had he the guts, he would like to have held each of the few shots just a bit longer.

    He was referring to additional frames, or 24ths of a second, adding in total possibly 3-4 seconds to the whole.

    That is called craftsmanship.

    RAH
     
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    I did watch BB at 1.5x speed, to get past the driving moments, with some sound still audible.
     
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    As I understand it, Tarkovsky's interminable "driving through the Oosaka freeway system" shots in SOLARIS were forced on him by the Soviet government, which had failed to issue his crew visas in time for them to make their filming date at the World's Fair but insisted nonetheless that they go to Japan, shoot off the film they had been allocated, and cut it into the movie. [​IMG] On the other hand, nothing could possibly be as tedious as a film shown [or "installed"?] at the Art Museum here recently, the unedited record of a camera pointed out the window during the long drive from Fort Worth to Midland. Four hours plus, and that's at a speed that raises eyebrows among the Highway Patrolmen.
     
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    I saw the current, significantly shorter version at a press screening (which I only point to say that I didn't pay to see this), and there was still an awful lot of aimless driving. In the rain. With the radio playing Gordon Lightfoot. Draw your own conclusions.

    JiM T
     
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    Um, wow. I can't believe the cover to the Brown Bunny soundtrack CD. You can see it here if you so desire:

    http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0...CLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

    I do love the Gordon Lightfoot tune. "Beautiful," in case anyone cares. One of my favorites of his. Fortunately, I already have it and don't need this disc.
     
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    Well, somebody knows the only reason why people are buying this movie! [​IMG]
    Warhol's brain farts may have been longer, but have you ever driven between Fort Worth and Midland? There is absolutely nothing there, just barren earth and leaden sky and the road, straight as a ruler and apparently going nowhere, bisecting the featureless plain of apparently infinite size. It is one of the prime spots for "highway hypnosis", and the only reason more people aren't killed is that there are no bends in the road.
    Compared to that, a static shot of the Empire State Building is enthrallingly involving -- at least you can count the windows.
     
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