Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Death and the Maiden (1994)

Minimalism is a skill very few people know how to master. Be it musicians, chefs, painters, architects, interior designers, or anyone who tries to creating anything with the power to move the masses, there are not many who dare strip away all but the bare minimum, and show their art in its raw, unrefined form. Of those few that try, there are even fewer that gets away with it.

Roman Polanski doesn't try. He sets the standard. His film Death and the Maiden is one of the finest examples of minimalistic film-making in history.

It only features three characters. There's only one location, and one song, some rope and duct tape. And even though nobody goes anywhere, and there's no action, Polanski still managed to create one hell of a roller coaster ride.

Less, really is more.


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