23 January 2011

Cowboys, art films and emotional landscapes

'World Cinema' is a short film about art films and cowboys by Joel and Ethan Coen (2007).
A film of three minutes commissioned by the Cannes Film Festival, 'World Cinema' for some reason fails to appear on the Chacun Son Cinéma (transl. 'to each his own cinema') anthology.
Dan (Josh Brolin) enters an art cinema that is clearly off his beaten track, or anybody else's for that matter. Forced to choose between two foreign movies, Dan enlists help from the young man selling tickets. The dialogue between Dan and the young man is curious and amusing; the true beauty of this short, however, lies in the window that lands a momentary view, for seconds only, into the emotional landscapes that Dan inhabits under his cowboy exterior.
A gem.

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