documentary film maker Brett Morgen He continues to captivate audiences with his immersive, loud and captivating music documentaries. His creative use of archival footage, graphics, original animation, and interviews swirls into films that make the viewer feel like they’re inside the subject’s head. his latest document, David Bowie movie moon age daydream, a glimpse into the mind of one of rock’s brightest stars who seemed to be on a constant journey to understand and celebrate life. Bowie’s ever-changing life and public profile speak to his belief that our time on this planet is a fascinating, thrilling and complex journey.
By contrast, Morgen’s 2015 Kurt Cobain movie One-in-one montage It’s like investigating the psychology of a talented musician who tragically took his own life. Both films employ similar creative choices, but the subject matter is at diametrically opposed ends of the spectrum, one eager to stay alive and the other utterly dejected. By comparing and contrasting both these films and their subject matter, we see how these musical documents combine to create a fascinating and existential rock and roll duality.
‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ challenges visual expression
stylishly, One-in-one montage It gets darker both visually and thematically as the film progresses. Morgen’s talking head with Cobain’s family and friends his interviews are initially filmed in daylight and conclude at night. It’s a visual representation of the story’s slow march toward Cobain’s untimely death. As others help explain who Kurt was and how he saw the world, we also delve into his artwork, music and writing to see how he sees himself. It’s an interesting contrast between the stories in Cobain’s own mind and the stories being told about him.
Immersive ‘Moonage Daydream’
moon age daydream Do away with third-party interviews and instead allow David Bowie to speak for himself through Bytes of Archive interviews. . We see Bowie walking around the world, dancing, playing, and painting. moon age daydream more immersive than One-in-one montage And even more subjective. The truth that is revealed to us is entirely Bowie’s truth and no one else’s.This decision to express only the subjective truth of the main character is reminiscent of Morgen’s 2002 film increase. The Kid Stays in the Picturethis was his first experiment in unorthodox documentary filmmaking style, which continued to evolve, becoming more radical and reaching its peak moon age daydream.
Morgen’s Filmmaking Choices
These similar but strikingly different filmmaking choices could be partly a result of how Cobain and Bowie ended their lives. No one else needs to comment on Bowie’s death. Cobain’s flame burned brightly and then suddenly extinguished, leaving the world in shock and mystery. His decision to end his own life feels less like a satisfying conclusion or a philosophical statement and more like a momentary error in judgment. does a great job of showing how we arrived at the moment, using the style of Alex to great effect. It leaves the audience with many questions. Why did someone decide to end their life? Is there anything someone close to them can do to prevent such a decision? What Makes Life Filled with Meaning? What is it? How can you maintain a meaningful life?
moon age daydream It feels more like a definitive statement than a question that can be answered. Bowie says life is a wonderful experience and he wants to keep it alive. The film opens with a quote from Bowie pondering what humans should do if God dies, as Nietzsche once proclaimed. After a lifetime of spiritual exploration and reinvention, the answer from Bowie’s perspective seems to be just that: journey, change, and curiosity. moon age daydream It’s as life-affirming as a movie can get. If the question is whether life is worth the effort, Bowie’s answer is an enthusiastic “yes!”
The very different tones of these films are likely to resonate with different types of audiences. Or at least a couple did at a recent IMAX screening in Los Angeles.
Regardless of which film resonates more, both take audiences on roller coasters and make the theatrical experience lively and vibrant. increase. Not only does it make your headphones sound louder, it also makes your spinal taps up to 11 times louder. Film screenings rarely have the same energy and assault on the senses as an actual concert, but these two films definitely do. Watch it on your big screen.
I never really experienced the potential of documentary until I saw Morgen’s film. So make time to watch these movies in a row. Summary, moon age daydream When One-in-one montage It’s like the perfect yin and yang of existential rock and roll filmmaking.