Short Cinema Journal 1:2 - Dreams (DVD, 2000)

Short Cinema Journal 1:2 - Dreams (DVD, 2000)


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This reissue of the second release in a series of DVD anthologies of short films, like its fellow Short titles, is loosely organized around a common theme--in this case, the terrain of the subconscious. The big fish here is Chris Marker's 1962 classic, La Jetée, the forever- haunting, post-apocalyptic story of a man's descent into a time-tripping dream state, where his origins and destiny fold together in one fleeting moment at an airport. If that scenario sounds somewhat similar to a certain Terry Gilliam feature (oh, OK, it's 12 Monkeys), you're right, and Gilliam can be heard on an alternate soundtrack here talking about the challenge and fun of being "inspired by" Marker's film. (Yet another alternate soundtrack features commentary by 12 Monkeys screenwriters David and Janet Peoples.) Not surprisingly, La Jetée turns out to be a hard act to follow, and there's not much on Short 2 that even comes close to its league. Alison De Vere's 1974 animated piece, Café Bar, about a blind date at a coffee house, is more intriguing for its historical value as a "brushsticks style" of crafting images than as a work of art. Joachim Solum and Thomas Lien's watery Depth Solitude is an effectively blunt and bizarre--but ultimately obvious--fable about a pool cleaner who lives in his deep-sea-diving suit at the bottom of a public swimming facility. The best thing going for it is an English-language narration by Max Von Sydow, who unfortunately is not involved with Carmen Elly's A Guy Walks into a Bar. This competent but wearying film, about a college-bound young man (Fred Savage) who meets up with a sexy hitchhiker (Allison Moir) and finds his world changed, does not inspire thoughts of a second viewing. On the plus side, there's an interview with independent director George Hickenlooper and an accompanying, interesting bit showing us a pre-production prototype of select scenes from Hickenlooper's The Big Brass Ring. If you've seen the latter movie in its finished state (based on an original script by Orson Welles and Oja Kodar), it is startling to watch an entirely different roster of actors (including Malcolm McDowell) in roles that Hickenlooper ultimately recast with William Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Miranda Richardson, and Irène Jacob. --Tom Keogh Special Features Short 2: Dreams, previously known as Short Cinema Journal 1:2 Includes: La Jetee (inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys), The Big Brass Ring starring Malcolm McDowell and A Guy Walks Into A Bar starring Fred Savage Filmmaker Commentaries Alternate Video Tracks Web Access DVD-ROM Features Product Details Actors: Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux, Malcolm McDowell, Peter Heilrath Directors: Chris Marker, George Hickenlooper, Carmen Elly Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1) Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated:   NR   Not Rated Studio: Warner Home Video DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000 Run Time: 120 minutes