Movie Oliver Treiner, goes on to leave a lasting

Movie Review: L’Accordeur

     It has to
be reckoned that the short film titled L’Accordeur or The Piano Tuner
(2010), directed by the famous cinematic artist, Oliver Treiner, goes on to
leave a lasting mark in the minds of the avid audience with its quintessential
portrayal and affective appeal. This is a 13-minute short film, but it echoes
in one’s mind for a long time. A close introspection of the story and the
elements of this film would make one and all comprehend the sheer brilliance
that is associated with this cinematic work that has been able to collect the
accolades of the audience as well as gain the appreciation of the critics of
world cinema. There can be no denial of the fact that this is an intriguing
film that engages the audience right from the very inception.

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     This
short film is, in fact, a thriller, that hogs the attention as it portrays this
young man as the male protagonist of the story. This ingenious short film goes
on to portray this protagonist who is a failed musician and works as a piano
tuner instead. He does all of this while he pretends to be blind. While the
audience might feel that the inception is quite innocent in nature, the film
portrays his voyeuristic existence as the protagonist has the upper hand of
watching people while they are unaware of the fact that this man is in reality
not blind. Thus, this short film goes on to portray a very gripping narrative
hook. It would not be an exaggeration to opine that this film by Treiner is a
work of sheer innovative idea and brilliance.

     There can
be no denial that this short film is very well executed. The script is very
commendable and the narrative continues in a perfect pace so as to engage the
audience in the best possible way. The Piano Tuner is highly successful
in transforming this very interesting premise of the story to a greatly crafted
thriller in quintessential style, indeed. This cinematic work goes on to relate
a successful character development with the perfect mesh of emotions in the
short span of just thirteen minutes- something that makes this cinematic
endeavor more noteworthy. One can identify a number of emotions within the span
of the film ranging from depression, humor, sensuality to very intriguing
suspense. It is truly a difficult task to cover so much of affective appeal
within the short span of time, but the director shows his aesthetic sense as he
delivers with utmost skill and panache.

     All of
these things are fantastically supplemented by the male protagonist’s
occupation of being a piano tuner. One needs to note the fact that the aural
profession of the male protagonist goes on to provide the most befitting
contrast to the supposed disability of the character. As such, his acutely
developed auditory capacity ought to work so as to counterbalance for the lack
of his vision. However, as he feigns his blindness, he finds access to the
houses of many people, and thus he becomes a silent witness to many things that
he should not be able to see if he is known to be an abled person by those
people. Thus, the director develops the dramatic element of this short film so
as to grip the audience.

    
Cinematically, the drama on the screen gets accompanied by a classical
piano tone so as to create a perfect milieu of suspense and interest for the
audience of the film. It has to be reckoned that the piano notes are simple yet
very oddly suspenseful in nature. These notes surely catapult the film’s
affective influence on the audience so as to ignite the milieu of suspense. One
thing that needs to be noted is that most of the music of this short film is
diegetic in nature. As such, the suspense of the narrative builds up naturally
and the audience never feels that they are being manipulated by the elements of
cinematic techniques into feeling what the director intends to ignite in the
hearts of the audience of the film. This is surely a sign of very smart
filmmaking prowess on the part of the director of this film.

     In terms
of the visuals shown in the course of the film, it has to be commented that the
film surely looks very sharp. The visuals of this cinematic work are filled
with exquisite cinematography along with a number of visual quarks that work up
to the point not distracting the audience of the film. The film goes on to use
the auditory as well as visual senses as an effective cinematic leitmotif. One
such example can be found in the moment where the film shows the male
protagonist’s eye peering through a fishbowl. The film’s first minute goes on
to provide the preview to the ambiguous and creepy climatic sequence of the
narrative. All of this makes the film a very interesting piece of cinematic
work that hogs the attention in all the ways possible. While it is the main
ambition of any filmmaker to stir the audience with the aesthetic portrayal in
the medium of communication, this film does that successfully so as to gain the
accolades of the audience.

     One has
to admit the fact that the director of this short film, Oliver Treiner, is
highly successful in crafting a very effective and stirring sensory experience
for his audience. Moreover, the adept directorial work is supported by the skillful
acting of the characters. No doubt, the story of this short film is truly well
written. The crux of the matter is that this film has the mood, visuals and the
plot coming together to create the ingenious experience on the screen for the
entire span of 13 minutes. This makes the film by Treiner very effective in its
portrayal and works for the audience as well.

     At the
climax, the male protagonist ends up in a situation owing to his deceptive
practice. One can recall that at one point of time, one of the characters had
opined, “We are surrounded by voyeurs and exhibitionists.” Now, this voyeur is
faced with the threat of his life. This short film is truly a very bold
statement about morality, greed and voyeurism. The film goes on to explore very
complex themes with the dash of simplicity that is indeed refreshing for the
audience of the cinematic work. However, as the story unfolds, the film goes on
to pose a number of very difficult questions in front of the audience. Although
the answers are not too clear to the audience, but it is the sheer ambiguity of
the narrative of the film that makes the work reach its zenith in terms of
affective appeal and aesthetic quintessence.

     It would
be correct to conclude that Oliver Treiner’s film is one of the finest shorts
films made in the history of cinema. He proves his cinematic capability with
the perfect mesh of technical skills and filmic language. Indeed, like a
literary short story, this film leaves the audience thinking about the film for
a long time. The film works like a trance on the minds of the avid audience
whose ears ring with the beautiful piano tunes as the horrific last image of
the film fails to get blurred the minds.

 

 

 

The Dark Knight Rises (film symbolic use)

     It has to
be taken into reckoning that the film, The
Dark Knight Rises, directed by the stalwart director, Christopher Nolan, is
one of the milestones in the history of world cinema. This film has not only earned
the accolades of the audience, but has also been hailed by the critics of
cinema. It would be apt to opine that the film portrays clear examples of
material culture in the course of the narrative of the story. In this film,
when the antagonist, Bane, goes on to reveal the truth about Harvey Dent and
releases the prisoners after neutralizing the presence of law and order of the
Gotham city, the rich people are the ones who are at the receiving end. All
this while during the initial chaos in the city, the rich people were not
really in the scene of occurrences or were not truly bothered. They were safe
in their havens of material culture while the law and order went on to get
deteriorated. It is a clear sign of material culture to show in the course of the
film that the affluent people are dragged from their homes with their
properties being expropriated. The entire scenario revolves around
materialistic possessions and the disparity in the society created on the basis
of material culture. It is really intriguing to find how this film has
quintessentially portrayed the material culture in the story making it the
center of all the actions at this juncture of the narrative. Thus, the
existence of materialism looms over the scintillating story of the film in
context.

     As
mentioned, the disparity between the classes of people or groups of Gotham
citizens is created by the difference of material possessions or property. This
is the telltale sign of materialism being the driving force of the action. The
people who take the opportunity of Bane’s dominance go on to victimize the
wealthy people of the city. The rich people are made to face show trials that
are presided over by Dr. Jonathan Crane. Here, the rich people are all
sentenced to death. As such, one can very well comprehend that the people of
Gotham city are ready to go to the extent of killing others so as to gain the
materialistic things. The very fact that the properties of the rich people are
expropriated is the clear indicator of this tendency. Thus, the audience can
comprehend the film from a sociological perspective. Killing someone else is a
sheer act of criminality and is inhuman to say the least. The fact that all the
people who were being tried in the courts during the phase of anarchy in the Gotham
city shows the desperation of the people who felt deprived of the materialistic
pleasures and properties that were accessible to the other people of the city.

     Now, one
needs to reckon that materialistic things are very powerful in our culture. All
our lives revolve around comforts, pomp and grandeur. It is the pursuit of one
and all to find the ultimate comforts in life. Also, it needs to be noted that
in the consumerist society, the term happiness has come to be synonymous with
materialistic pleasure. People think of the materialistic things to be the
source of their happiness and well-being. Hence, their pursuit and resolution
to gain the amenities and comforts in life becomes the main reason of striving
in this mortal world. The inclination toward art and aesthetics or divine
pleasure in beauty of literature gets replaced by the competition of people to
lead in the race of acquiring and enjoying material comforts. It is truly
commendable to see the film in context put limelight on this issue in the
course of the narrative so as to leave the audience stirred to the very core.