Albert Dupontel

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Re: Albert Dupontel

#26 Post by tenia » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:01 am

I always watched Man Bites Dog at home (probably always alone), so that might have played in my impressions, but I do find it funny and I guess I just respond well to this kind of very dark humor (I love the bit with the old lady and trying to save bullets and the mess), but Bernie is just too much for me already.

Yes, I meant blunt as un-subtle. I still think Man Bites Dog is a bit more refined in its relationship with violence and the appeal of violence within us than Bernie, which to me feels much more mono-dimensional and superficial as a movie. Not to say Man Bites Dog is a very profound movie (it isn't) but I have the memories of a subtler movie nevertheless.

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#27 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:56 am

I like Man Bites Dog as well, being made when the idea of a documentary film crew following a serial killer on his daily rounds was a rather novel idea. It pushed a few of the ideas in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer further (especially the scene of Henry and Otis watching a rampage that they had videotaped back after the fact) by breaking the fourth wall and suggesting complicity of at least the filmmakers if not the viewing audience in the material they decide to cover, and thereby tacitly endorse, years before Funny Games went meta and the Blair Witch Project used shaky cam.

At its worst Man Bites Dog is a succession of standalone scenes calculated to shock with callous murder, but it does feel as if it has a deeper point than just that. Probably the best scene in Man Bites Dog is the one where the two serial killers, each followed by their own film crew meet up and then proceed to try and murder each other, more at the behest of the anxieties about encountering rivals coming from the film crew who are too deeply in the mindset of their subject at that point than anything else, though it does give each of the showboating murderers a chance to play to their strengths for the camera!

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Re: Albert Dupontel

#28 Post by domino harvey » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:17 am

In the interest of completeness, I watched Dupontel's first film, the short Désiré (1994), a futuristic satire of, I don't know, birth procedures? In a world where the process is automated, a woman's unseen early birth (complete with baby bungeeing out of the mom's uterus and dangling perilously from the operating table as the umbilical cord is sawed away like a fraying rope in a western-- a very Dupontel visual gag) leaves the clueless medical establishment confused as to how to coax the baby out. Eventually Dupontel regular Nicolas Marié's head honcho directs Éric Elmosnino to fire his shotgun into the woman's belly, since it's not a crime to kill a baby who doesn't want to be born. Like Dupontel's other early features, none of this is funny, and like many other first films, it shows its influences too baldly (Gilliam) without bringing enough else to the table.

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