Friday, April 23, 2010


Darren Arnofsky, 1998, bw (8.4*)
Best Directing Award, Sundance

Very interesting puzzle movie that was brilliant young director Darren Aronofsky's first film, shot in b&w and obviously on a shoestring. The film is primarily a metaphysical one, about finding a mathematical key to order in the universe. On his search, he runs across a group of mathematicians who are inputting the numeric values of the Bible's characters into a computer for analysis.

This unusual film is about thinking, about the inside of the director's cosmic thoughts. Light on action, it's about as deep in intellectualism as a film can get, searching for a hidden meaning to life and the cosmos. We all do it, but it's a tough subject to film. At any rate, it's entirely unusual and creative, and is better than many big budget films, and was shot for just 60,000. (For the champion no budget film, check out Robert Rodriguez' El Mariachi, an action film of a mariachi guitarist being mistaken for a gang's hit man who carries a guitar case full of weapons)

Aronofsky's next film after this debut was the brilliant (and mind numbing) Requiem for a Dream (2000), starring Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Jennifer Connelly. Also worth seeing is The Fountain, a multi-level story about a brain cancer researcher and the search for the fountain of youth. He also directed The Wrestler in 2008
Awards page at IMDB


Shubhajit April 23, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

Pi was a mind-bender if there ever was one, & one hell of an experimental film! Even when what Aronofsky serves us escapes one's analytical prowess, the b/w images, the elliptic narrative & the constant sense of mystery & paranoia, keep one engages. Ever since I watched Pi, I've been wanting to watch it again, but unfortunately haven't gotten around to doing that.

José Sinclair April 24, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

very good analysis! I forgot about the 'edge of paranoia' that exists throughout.. now I want to watch it a 3rd time, then update my post! all of Aronofsky's films are worthy of re-watching, I'm sure The Fountain will reveal more and more each time, that was pretty complex..

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