There’s an amazing extended scene in the movie Birth (2004), where the camera just holds on Nicole Kidman as she watches an Opera — her head swirling with emotion and confusion. It’s simple, but mesmerizing.
The short film Evidence (1995), by Godfrey Reggio, the writer-director of Koyaanisqatsi (2004), reminds me of that scene. He’s taken a group of cute, confused and Omen-esque kids, and simply aimed a camera at them while they watch T.V.
Evidence looks into the eyes of children watching television – in this case Walt Disney’s “Dumbo”. Though engaged in a daily routine, they appear drugged, retarded, like the patients of a mental hospital. Evidence is about the behavior of children watching television – an activity whose physiological aspects have been overlooked in the current controversy surrounding television.
Throw in a haunting score by Philip Glass, and you have a chilling indictment of the power of television (or possibly Dumbo).
via Mental Floss
Did the creepy girl at 3:15 make you get up and lock the door too?