Friday, April 25, 2008

Nihilist manikin wants out of media prism

I love the philosophical bent of this short — so simple and beautiful, and somehow I end up caring about this manikin trapped in a media prism. I guess that's pretty broadly applicable if one wants to ponder it. There's a tone of nihilism with the Biblical strife implicit in a character named Jobe, and it's accomplished in the way he moves, the gestures, tearing the paper off the wall. I'd love to see this turned into a real short, drawing on 19th century philosophers. Goethe, Nietzsche, and up to Sartre, with a little Dostoevsky. All channeled through a faceless stick figure.

"But nothing, it seems, when compared with this room, is all that I ever can dream of."

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