I haven't shown this film to my classes before, but after watching it a few times over the last few days, I'm seriously considering it. My orientation w/r/t creativity and problem solving/problem finding is shifting (it's becoming obvious that those need to be the central focus of the class), and so this film, which seemed before like something of a strange discussion prompt, now makes much more sense to me.
There's a lot to like about this short, which introduces itself as "A series of explorations, episodes & comments on creativity." The first sequence, "The Edifice" is famous in its own right, but the rest is, in my view, just as good.
And this time through I noticed a bunch of hilarious gags that I had overlooked before, like this terrific transition, which pulls a man from a passing crowd, locks frame, and then superimposes an awesome phrenological/meat graphic. Love the handmade feel of this--charming and effective. And its another handy reminder of how the "value" of a film's "production value" is sometimes the strong personal vision that emerges. The film's tone is just like most smart people I like to hang around: serious, funny, irreverent, and mischievous. This film has it all. So good. If you have 25 minutes, give it a watch.
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