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May 18th, 2004

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Assignment 2: Elephant 04:23 pm
Ok, so hope everyone is seeing Das Experiment. The discussion post will be made on Thursday, so get your thoughts ready. I'm already organizing what I thought of the film, and will probably be watching it a third time tonight. I'm also really excited about the movie for next week, so be sure to next see:

Elephant, the elegant and unsettling movie from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting), depicts students at a high school before and during a harrowing, Columbine-style shooting. The movie follows one young boy who takes over the wheel from his drunken dad while returning from lunch, then loops back in time and follows another student who crosses paths with the first, then loops back and follows another--all captured in long, unedited tracking shots that are serene and unhurried, even when two boys in camouflage gear, carrying heavy bags, arrive at the school and begin shooting. Elephant doesn't attempt to explain their behavior; it simply places the audience back in the brief yet interminable window of adolescence, when life is trivial and painfully important at the same time. Your reaction to Elephant will depend as much on your life experiences as anything in the movie itself. --Bret Fetzer

(from Amazon.com)

Director: Gus Van Sant
Release Year: 2003

Availability: Rental stores
BitTorrent: no known seeders
P2P: this movie has been released, so check out P2P networks, as copies still might be floating around on there.

Discussion Date: May 27, 2004
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