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Short - International Release (2000)

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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Short Films
Running Time: 120 min.
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A handful of award-winning and critically acclaimed short films from around the world are compiled into one convenient package in this installment of Short, the video magazine of short films. Highlights include Du Cote de la Cote, a 1958 film by Agnes Varda that explores the Côte dAzur (and stars a youthful Brigitte Bardot); Hip Hop: The New World Order, a look at the international impact of rap and hip-hop music; Lars From 1-10, a biographical sketch of Lars von Trier, award-winning director of Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark; The Fly, an Academy Award-winning animated film about the life cycle of a fly; Burnout, a musical look at life at a truck stop; and five others. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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a quaint and curious volume of forgettable lore by AKrizman October 15, 2003 - 8:25 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This compilation was released by Quickband, a company that releases many other shorts compilations - too many, it would seem, if this threadbare collection is any indication; 4 of the shorts on this disc were previously released on other Quickband compilations.

Typically, their discs have one ringer, an essential short that's not available anywhere else that justifies the rest of the filler. In this case the ringer is Du Cote de la Cote, an early documentary by Agnes Varda. Other highlights of this disc include the animated shorts The Fly and Der Rabe.

This disc contains the following Shorts:

The Fly (1980) 3 min.
Impressively executed animation from the POV of a fly.

Tiny Sunbathers (1998) 2 min.
The directors take an archive film of Chinese propaganda and chemically alter the color of the film. It's not entirely clear how, but apparently directors intended it be a scathing criticism. As such, it's about as effective as a small child repeating something he doesn't agree with in a funny voice.

Der Rabe (1998) 9 min.
An animated version of the classic Poe Poem The Raven. The poem is substantially re-written to create a completely different and arguably darker story. The German Expressionist influenced art style, rendered with bold strokes, sharp angles, and only 3 colors, benefits this creepier interpretation of the story.

Images of Korea (1999) 2 min.
You know those murals that celebrate a diverse lack of talent? The ones painted by a collaboration of amateur artists that eschew cohesiveness for the free expression of pretty colors? Well, this is a claymation version of those. Made by group of students who've never attempted claymation before (how hard could it be) and who decided not to focus on narrative storytelling (because it 'kills the visual image'). The elements were pieced together loosely into seasons, but it's not exactly obvious because as the director's commentary informs "In the summer boys are playing...traditional fun game.", "In the fall they usually playing a lot of games" and "the winter they have a relaxed time... and games."

Hip Hop: The New World Order (1998) 18 min.
The plan was as inspired as it was simple: Travel the world with a digital video camera following your favorite hip hop acts and make a documentary. The film really paid off in the first two segments, too. The director got excellent footage of a Japanese hip hop show, some astonishing live performances by remarkably talented Cuban unknowns, as well as interviews with established American rappers. The
self-financed project unfortunately runs out of funds after that and the director is forced to settle for mainly interviewing fans and record store employees in Europe and ultimately release the film before the planned Brazil and South Africa chapters were completed.

Burnout (1998) 6 min.
Shot in essentially one take, this film follows a trucker into and out of a diner where a piano player sings a cynical poem about relationships to an audience oblivious to the fact that he is narrating their story. The film is pleasantly experimental without being inscrutable.

Superstition (1999) 8 min.
An experimental film that evokes anxiety and paranoia through images of mystical rituals and sinister-looking crocodiles set to a tense Latin jazz score.

Du Cote de la Cote (1958) 26 min.
An early Agnes Varda documentary that was commissioned by the French National Tourist Office. It's a well composed travelogue of French coastal resorts. The film is narrated in French with no subtitles, so I don't know if it had anything important to say, but it was pretty to look at.

Lars from 1-10 (1998) 10 min.
An interview with Lars Von Trier who discusses his Dogme95 movement. It's a magazine piece that's rather presumptuously presented as a stand alone film; it's not even shot in compliance with the Dogme95 rules.

The disc also contains an interview with Dutch electronica musicians Arling and Cameron that features clips from their album Music for Imaginary Films.

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