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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Melancholia Triumphant 2

My friend and I are discussing the film Melancholia.
Very briefly, I understand the final scenes as a way to transcend or escape.

I had the distinct impression that the structure that was built in the imagination of Lars von Trier, depicted in the film as an uncovered three-pole tipi, was exactly as if Jean-Paul Sartre were standing on the stage where a performance of his Huis Clos (No Exit) is going on, and was crudely drawing a large, cartoon-like door on a piece of the set...

(By "cartoon-like" I am invoking things like Max and David Fleischer's art, and not implying anything derogatory. The picture below is a low-quality photo of Wiley Coyote attempting to follow the Road Runner through a cartoon tunnel the coyote has painted on a canyon wall, and through which the Road Runner has just run.
It is not a matter of belief or faith, but of non-awareness...
And Wiley Coyote is hopelessly aware of his "reality"... rather like Kiefer Sutherland's logical and business-like character was in Melancholia, who crashed into the wall of his reality. )


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