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Twyker PDL essay
« on: May 24, 2003, 03:01:25 PM »
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he has a very interesting take on the movie, its a good read. but his criticisms on american uniformity and homogenization are a bit strange, coming from a German. Not saying hes wrong, just saying.
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Twyker PDL essay
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2003, 05:05:27 PM »
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There's been a lot of intensive debate about this issue surrounding the war, in particular.

Are we likely, as Americans, to be able to see our own flaws as well as those from outside?

...or...

Are those looking from the outside just vultures looking for flaws?

I think it's more the former than the latter.

I liked Tykwer's essay (loved his film Heaven, too- better than Run, Lola, Run, if you ask me).

I think he actually was just picking up on what really does appear to be Anderson's implied critique in PDL of the dreary conformity encompassing the everyday lives of most of us ordinary Americans (and the little things that make it all seem better). This circles back around to the Tati comparisons other people have brought up. PDL could be compared to, especially, Tati's Mon Oncle (my favorite of his), where Tati lightly, humorously, but overall sadly points up the encroaching conformity and modernization (some would say Americanization) of French culture.
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