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Formal and symmetrical story telling (2 replies and 5 comments)

Vanniyan
4 months ago
Vanniyan 4 months ago

Could you tell me some  formal and symmetrical compositions story telling best movies. I mean context! 

Vashistha
4 months ago
Vashistha 4 months ago

By formal and symmetrical do you mean compositions such as Wes Anderson's?

dmullenasc
4 months ago
dmullenasc 4 months ago

Kubrick is the most famous example of symmetrical compositions.

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David W
4 months ago

David, do you have a take on why Kubrick's compositions are overwhelmingly symmetrical? Is it just a stylistic choice or is there something deeper going on?

dmullenasc
4 months ago

I think the symmetry suggests obsessive control, whether you take that as directorial control or the oppressive power of the setting, the institutions, over the individual, which I think is how Kubrick is using it -- mankind creating things (machines, governments, authority figures) that turn around and destroy them. A strong sense of architecture that overwhelms the human in the frame suggests this and the symmetry adds to that feeling of human-made inhumanity.

David W
4 months ago

Thats very intriguing David, thank you. I guess that all his films do follow that "human-made inhumanity" theme now that I think about it. His films do seem rather cold, do you think this is a reflection of himself? To quote 2049, "theres a bit of every artist in there work"

dmullenasc
4 months ago

By all accounts, Kubrick was a warm person to those close to him, but he seemed to detest sentimentality in film.

David W
4 months ago

That makes a lot of sense, to quote Camus, "seeking what's true is not seeking what is desirable."

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