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Film Comparison

The power and intrigue of a story is determined by the subject matter, and how that subject matter is presented. People who make films have the freedom to manipulate any story, or subject matter. Films which portray real historical, and personal events need to be viewed with the understanding that the form of the film needs to coincide with the content in order for it to be credible. The film Tarnation is a documentary film about a man’s life. John Caouette combines hours of filmed footage from his life. Home movies, photographs from before he was born, answering machine tapes, snippets of short films, and 1980’s pop culture come together to create a fast paced, unsettling, tragic, and dramatic story. This part documentary, part narrative tells the story of his life, and how every aspect of it was affected by the mental instability that his mother experienced from a very young age. Tarnation deals with the themes of family, rape, child abuse, drug addiction, promiscuity, abandonment, and psychosis. The form of the film takes on a very dramatic, and anxious feel. A lot of the footage is shown in fast and short clips. There are times when videos cut in and out at a speed that relates to which part of John’s life is being portrayed. This diary in the form of a movie is raw and emotional. The chaos, and aggressiveness is portrayed not only through the events in John’s life, but the form of the film. The editing of the footage shown in this movie is key to making the story it is telling credible. There is no avoiding the lack of a budget. It is very clear that the director was not trying to cover up, or make up for the fact that he did not have the desired funds. That kind of honesty is applied to the content of the film as well. There are moments that were shown, where John’s life was incredibly vulnerable and at times embarrassing.…...

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