Self-Conscious Mise-En-Scene, A: 10 Short Films by Anthony Cristiano
Self-Conscious Mise-En-Scene, A: 10 Short Films by Anthony Cristiano
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This collection of 10 short films from Canadian film scholar and filmmaker Anthony Cristiano includes: Voiceless Lilies (1998, 9 mins.); Infinitely Near (1999, 8 mins.); Sera di Settembre (Evening of September, 2001, 3 mins.); Intervalli Chiaroscuri (Chiaroscuri Intervals, 2002, 4 mins.); Displaced Love (2003, 13 mins.); La Risata (The Laugh, 2005, 7 mins.); A Matter of Style (2005, 3 mins.); A Self-Conscious Mise-En-Scene (2007, 26 mins.); Changing Habits (2008, 10 mins.); and 316 Albany Avenue (2008, 11 mins.). In English and Italian.

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Voiceless Lilies (1998) enacts a series of humorous and philosophical aphorisms based on director’s eponymous book Voiceless Lilies(1997). Infinitely Near (1999) explores the mathematical concept of the “limit of a function” and its figurative meaning for a math student’s romantic struggle. Il mio umore (2000) is Cristiano’s first BravoFACT (A Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) film featuring soprano Lori Reid, music from Quinsin Nachoff, and lyrics by Cristiano. Sera di settembre (2001) is the biographical depiction of a feeling, the recollection of childhood and the angst of adolescence, with a folk song written and sung by the director. La risata (2005) is dedicated to the director’s grandfather. It is an introspective look at old-age, its loneliness and tediousness. The film ends with a twist and moment of sheer laughter, which redeems for a moment its character from his bleak, dead end, daily cycle. This film also features one of Cristiano’s poems, “La risata.” A Self-Consciosu Mise-en-scene (2006) is based on Cristiano’s short story “The Millenary Man, contained in the book The Gravition (2002). In his scholarly article about this short film, titled “A Self-Conscious Mise-en-scène: Experimenting with ‘Disownment and Appropriation,’ Cristiano explains his experimental work as a way to solve a communicative crisis. A Matter of Style (2005) is an ingenious little film on the art and theory of storytelling and filmmaking. Changing Habits (2008) tells a story of re-enlightenment of a computer addict’s empty life cycle in a black out via a candle and René Descartes’s Meditations on First Philosophy.

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