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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 18 Apr 91 17:07:56 CDT
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Interestingly enough, and coinciding quite well with this conversation,
I just saw Atom Egoyan's _Family Viewing_ this past weekend.  It's
a somewhat bizarre story that is also an incredible study of and
comment on video in our society.  This happens on several different
levels, which makes it all the more ingenious.
As well as the overt comments on video in the story itself (the
father works for a video store franchiser, the grandmother is
virtually catonic and does nothing but watch televison, the father
videotapes sex scenes with his second wife over the tapes of his
first wife and son's early childhood, much to the dismay of the
son, when the father hires a private detective the detective uses
video surveillance, and yes this is as strange as it sounds!) there
are also many references in the cinematography.  The film was shot
entirely in a 4:3 aspect ratio, and all of the apartment interior
scenes, as well as several others, were shot on video.
Unfortunately, I seem to be swiftly becoming incoherent and even under
the best of circumstances I doubt I could even begin to explain this
film.  If anybody else out there has seen it, I would love to discuss
it.  If you have not seen it, I urge you to see it as soon as
(I can probably dig up a distributor for it if anybody is interested.
It is much better to see it on film than video, of course, becuase it
is much more obvious which scenes were shot on video and which were
shot on film.)
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