ter├ža-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2003

Elephant, de Gus Van Sant

Gostei muito do filme mas ainda não tinha percebido o título. Ora aqui vai, na sua versão original:

One film in particular served as a touchstone for Van Sant in making a film dealing with the highly charged subject of school violence: a much admired 1989 BBC work by the late British filmmaker Alan Clarke, also titled Elephant. Clarke's Elephant strips away narrative to decipt Northern Ireland's sectarian violence as a relentless, anonymous march of murders. Clarke titled his film after the mordant saying about a problem that is as easy to ignore as an elephant in the living room.
Van Sant decided to title his film after Clarke's work, noting "This film was formed around the lives of kids who exist in a different, but also especially violent period in time."

Initially, Van Sant thought Clarke's title referred to the ancient parable of the blind men and the elephant. In the story, a version of which appears in Buddhist canons dated 2 B.C., several blind men examine different parts of an elephant - ear, leg, tail, trunk, tusk, etc.

Each blind man is firmly convinced that he understands the true nature of the animal, based on that one part he felt - that the elephant is like a fan, or a tree, or a rope, or a snake or a spear. But none sees the whole. For Van Sant, the parable's theme seemed apt in the context of school shootings. "I assumed Alan Clarke called his film Elephant because it was about a problem that was hard to identify, because of different ways of looking at it", he says. "That was what I thought for a long time, until I read a quote where Clarke said that it was the elephant in the living room. But for us, when we were making our film, it was more about the blind men."

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