Monday, August 28, 2006

Coffeecrush, The Motion Picture!

Waaaay back in 1991, Francis Ford Coppola predicted that the wide availability of inexpensive film and video equipment would mean film making would truly become an "art form", freed from the restraints of finance or committee. I'm paraphrasing, of course; Coppola's actual quote referenced a hypothetical "little fat girl in Ohio" becoming "the new Mozart", which offended my sensibilities as far as women who are, shall we say, rounded, are concerned. But the sentiment remains. Similarly, in the novel "Pattern Recognition", William Gibson gives us the "Garage Kubrick", a brilliant auteur operating outside the cult of personality.

As you can see, from the clip above, the future is NOW, dude. If you imagine the camera just a little more still, you can see Jim Jarmusch's sense of mis en scene. And that ever so brief, blink-and-you-miss-it cameo at the end? Can you say Hitchcock...?

Of course, I'm a little biased.


blackpetunia said...

What a masterpiece. I appreciate the subtly executed angle of perception the most - "In the eyes of the child of CaffX", which was probably a very familiar sight and sound. In fact that is probably how he detects the changing of the seasons, iced coffee = summertime.

bob said...

thats some good stuff

this and that said...

the funniest thing to me, was his going back to the girls feet. like father, like son!