From Michael Haneke's "The Seventh Continent", 1989.
"Objects exist and if one pays more attention to them than to people, it is precisely because they exist more than the people. Dead objects are still alive. Living people are often already dead." —Jean Luc Godard
In celebration of just having seen Guy Maddin's hilarious and exuberant mock-autobiographical (a my-opic?) "My Winnipeg" I've decided now is the appropriate time to feature his most ecstatic film.
Guy Maddin's "The Heart of the World" was one of a number of 'Preludes' commissioned for the Toronto International Film Festival in celebration of their 25th anniversary in 2000. The five-minute film was shot over five days in a disused steel factory in Winnipeg. The talented Deco Dawson is credited as Co-camera and Micromontage Editor.
Bambi opens quietly with a slow pan across the forest in the morning, lullingly drawing the viewer into the space of the film. This is a world far outside of the human world. The artists give only enough detail to suggest nature, leaving something for the viewer's imagination.
The next two shots appear later in the film.
This shot is motionless, appearing on screen for about a second and a half. It's pretty, but also a little odd as the grass seems to be bowing in the wind.
The shot reminds me of Sam Kieth's illustrations in The Maxx, though I can't seem to find a good one online to post here.