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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by jarheadk5, Feb 20, 2005.
Click the "Watch this film" link in the middle of the page.
Social commentary most likely, decently done, if a little jaded.
The perversion of an ideal, the marketing of the easily accesible if acknowledged.
What he said!
My take on it:
A worker-bee slogs through his work, day in and day out. The hated corporate whore in charge is constantly cracking the whip over the worker bees to drive production to ever-higher levels, with no thought given to what the workers might be feeling. One worker bee has a better idea, though. He works on it in the little bit of time each day that is his own, and finally has a breakthrough. His product revolutionizes the world, and he is universally worshipped as a hero. But soon he finds the roles have reversed, and the former worker bee realizes he has become that hated corporate whore, cracking the whip...
For some reason, this short really hit me hard. I guess maybe because I was in a similar situation until recently; slogging away in a dirty, nasty workplace for an employer who cared only about the production numbers at the end of the month.
I think it also has a bit of materialism commentary in it also. When the inventor is boss and yelling, his worker puts on the glasses and sees a false ideal. The inventor sold all the beaty within himself and as a result is now empty. In the end, bliss is truly intangible.
So you are sayin that bliss even for a short period of time is unattainable? I do beg to differ if this is the case. I can agree that such a state is probably impossible to retain for extended periods but I do believe and hope that I can reach such a station in life from time to time again.
I'm saying that bliss is a state of mind, projecting it onto a product or possesion is what makes a majority of humanity depressed in a very sad way.
The inventor took an inner light type happiness, an artistic mood, a general happiness, an unnamed feeling (METALLICA!) and tried to work that into something beatiful. Sadly, his work was degraded by his own sensibilities when he sold it and marketed it. When it was homogonized, the splendor of it was lost.
The marketing of art, the selling of happiness.
In the end, he sees the children at play, simple, unadulterated joy in living. What he had and lost so easily found in innocense.
That was quite possibly one of the most depressing things I have ever seen.
Interesting. I found it sad, but not depressing. Of course, I believe there's a fine line between sadness and depression, but not everyone shares that opinion...
Well, I guess I see the truth in it (not saying you don't), so I found it depressing. Sad works too, but it was good nonetheless.
Yeah. I can see depressing too; that's just not the feeling I came away with. Like I said earlier, this film really hit me hard when I watched it the first time. A lot of the symbolism in the first part (up until he has the "Bliss" breakthrough) paralleled how I've been feeling about life lately, up until 2 weeks ago...
RJ, I knew you'd put into words the things that were tickling the back of my brain, but couldn't fully emote.
Jeez, after re-reading this thread, someone might come away with the impression that I've gotten a wee bit obsessed with this little film.................
I thought it was long
Very long... Watching it in silence makes it even longer...
I guess nobody told you, Depression is an illness now that can be cured with medicine, not a feeling.
I agree with you.
Nice sarcasm Tim, I hate those commercials too "Are you depressed? How about some drugs?"
Yeah, but if the antidepressants make my junk stop working (i.e. the nebulous "sexual side effects"), I'm just gonna get more depressed..............
I hate ALL the prescription drug ads...
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