What a heavy toll cancer has exacted on culture this week, with the death’s of David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Both masters of their art, both 69 and both internationally respected.
Their voices were immediately recognisable. Bowie’s, loaded his music with a sense of untouchable mystique, while Rickman’s gave us exasperated arrogance, whether discussing the wallpaper, or threatening to cut out ones heart with a spoon. Snoovies would like to show our respects for these gifted performers by comparing their last (short) works.
Everyone’s been talking about Bowie’s extraordinary “Blackstar” video. No doubt it will soon be listed as one of the greatest moments on film that no-one understands. While it is an outstanding series of unselfconscious imaginings, I couldn’t really call it a short film. It’s heavy symbolism and lack of linear narrative fix it firmly in the ‘music video’ camp and I’m ready to face the firing squad for saying so. But creatively it’s so exciting we’re going to break our rules (we’re such rebel rebels):
Now, if you feel like it (but no obligation), how about comparing it with Alan’s last short film from 2014. Alan strolls effortlessly through the narrative as a very normal seeming man, following a young girl and her mum home. No attempt to make him worse than he appears. Like many good shorts, there’s a twist (that isn’t predictable… even when you think it is).
These films are both a testament to the fearlessness and honesty of these two great men, sorely missed.
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