Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go), 1987

Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go), Peter Fischli and David Weiss. 1987. Since you’re my “friend” I know that you’re as enthralled by Rube Goldberg contraptions as I am, and this short film presents the mother of them all. It goes on for a full 30 minutes, and not only involves mechanical but chemically generated movements. Things burn, dissolve, inflate, flow, and fly. We’re treated to flame, acid, smoke, water, steam, foam, and myriad combinations thereof, not to mention plenty of rolling, plunking, falling, sliding, expanding, exploding, swinging, and popping tires, bottles, planks, candles, balloons and balls. Usually the delight in Rube Goldberg contraptions stems from a slack-jawed wonder at the slapstick interactions of the stuff of everyday life—hence their prominence in Bugs Bunny cartoons. But to expand this to half an hour on film is to increase from wonder to science demonstration, to laugh-out-loud absurdity, and finally to a sort of industrial sublime that renders one part of the process if not part of the action.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

MY ODYSSEY

Being Part of Our Great History...

Forgotten Films

A look at the movies forgotten by time

Bunhead

Give her food and she will conquer the world

Wonderful Cinema

Short reviews on high quality films. No spoilers.

pacificREVIEW

An annual review of prose, poetry, and artwork, published in affiliation with San Diego State University

HAJI MAJI

SCRATCHY OLD ASIAN MUSIC

Street Talk

Word on the street is...

%d bloggers like this: