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April 07, 2010

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TT

From your description, the film seems like another indie film with self absorbed characters and a shaky camera.

Richard Prouty

I hope I didn't convey that impression. The characters are likable, and better described as true to themselves than self-involved. Daniel and Stella are interested in each other; they simply can't agree on the terms of their relationship. Really, the film moves toward art rather than plumbing the depths of the self, such as they are. (I'm thinking of the shallowness of Hannah Takes the Stairs.) I've always been ambivalent about a lot of American independent film in that it tends to be overly concerned with twentysomething relationship stuff. Hardly Bear is more mature than that, even though the object of desire is in her early twenties.

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One-Way Street [Einbahnstrasse, 1928] was Walter Benjamin's first effort to break out of the narrow confines of the academy and apply the techniques of literary studies to life as it is currently lived. For Benjamin criticism encompasses the ordinary objects of life, the literary texts of the time, films in current release, and the fleeting concerns of the public sphere. Following Benjamin's lead, this blog is concerned with the political content of the aesthetic and representations of the political in the media. As Benjamin writes in One-Way Street, "He who cannot take sides should keep silent."

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