Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A Shower of Audience Art Criticism
Three grumpy movie critics peeing into a urinal. There's an SNL sketch in here somewhere. After seeing 'Synechdoche New York' last night, while waiting to relief myself, a peeing man grumbled 'did anyone like that incomprehensible film?' and two adjacent peeing men assented with monosyllables.. It reminded me of that Mel Brooks 'History of The World' gag from the Stone Age of the very first artist finishing a cave painting and the very first art critic peeing on it. : - ) More about 'Synechdoche' later this week - it's Charlie Kaufman's most challenging and ambitious work to date, by far. Not everyone's cup of Darjeeling, but I found it be stimulating and thought-provoking...
What does 'Synedoche' mean aside from twist on Schenectady, where the film begins.. I had to look it up on Wikipedia.. It is a figure of speech in which...
1) a term denoting a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing; or
Example 'His parents bought him a new set of wheels.'
2) a term denoting a thing (a 'whole') is used to refer to part of it; or
Example: 'Use your head (brain) to figure it out'
3) a term denoting a specific class of thing is used to refer to a larger, more general class; or
Example: 'Could you pass me a Kleenex? (facial tissue)'
4) a term denoting a general class of thing is used to refer to a smaller, more specific class; or
5) a term denoting a material is used to refer to an object composed of that material.
Example: 'Those are some nice threads (clothes). - also 'roof' for 'house, 'ivories' for piano keys...
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