Archive for October 4, 2009

Three Minute Cartoon and 3 Minute B&W Tragedy

Some of my first year, Kazakh students waxed very philosophical in their in-class writings last week.  They witnessed two 3 minute clips and were asked to write about their reactions on what they saw and what message they thought the producer or director of the movie was trying to get across.

 G.K. The cartoon named “Match Scratch Fever” is conveying two messages to the viewer.  First of all, it’s trying to say that no matter what challenges one faces on the way to accomplishment of his/her goal, he/she should never stop trying because it might happen that at the very moment one stops pursuing his/her goal some brilliant opportunity might befall upon him/her.

Another thing that the cartoon is trying to tell is that all of us should live our lives to the best of our abilities and not be afraid to take the risk.

 A.T. I think this short cartoon is about two things which we should keep in mind.  The first one is about persistence.  Don’t give up any business that you started.  Do it until finish.  And second is about what part we take in this world.  We are on our place do functions what we out to do.

M.K. There is one of the matches getting out of the matchbox.  It moves and tries to get fire. Nothing seems to be achieved, but, trying and trying, it gets its body separated, having some kind of legs.  That is one of the meanings – even getting no closer to your aim, you benefit somehow.  And other trials, again and again And when it thinks it cannot get a fire, stops trying.  It gets what it wants – and that’s another meaning – all the best comes when you don’t try that hard.

And when it finally gets fire, it is happy, yes.  But did it really need it?  That’s the main thought I’m picking up from the cartoon.  Sometimes you don’t really need what you’re trying to get.

 Z.S. It’s a funny cartoon.  According to this cartoon, I understood that everything is possible in this life.  If you really want to reach something you can do this.  Nobody can interrupt to come true from your dreams.  First of all, you have to have a big wish to get.  For instance, this match isn’t afraid to run risks, he wanted something new.

 V.K. As far as I’m concerned, the producer wanted to say that we should keep trying and it’s important not to lose hope.  Everything will be fine in the end (fine = as you wish).

 A.M. This is very funny and at the same time is terrible movie.  Of course the match is a symbol, but to guess what author means, is not very easy.  Maybe this match symbolizes a human that all his life to achieve some goals, but when he achieves it, he dies.

 D.B. What does it mean?  That we should try to reach our wishes and then will become happy? Or we should be more careful with our wishes?  So, I think it is better to become sure you really want something before doing.  I don’t like the idea of dying.

 The second 3 minute clip was based on a famous song written by a king who had been highly favored from his humble position as a shepherd boy.  He was very musical at a young age and later he became a brave and great warrior who defeated many enemies.  In time his victories went to his head and he became lazy.  This king should have been a true leader out campaigning with his men but instead he fell in love with a married woman, got her pregnant and had her husband killed in battle.  When he was finally confronted with what he did, he wrote this very amazing song which a woman in this B&W 3 minute film puts into dance.  The following is what my students wrote in reacting to this short clip.

 A.T. I think this clip is mostly about our lives.  Her dancing is like how people live in this world – mechanically, without any emotions.  It is obvious that we all try to do what society wants us to do.  We are like robots.  The factory’s and railways pictures, in my opinion, shows that all today is dependent from economics, industrialization stuff and we forget about our natural sources which is described by empty branches without any leaves.

 A.Y. It was so black and I’m scared.  The woman danced strange and showed her loneliness and fear.

V.K. This shows something associated to a lifeless world.  The lady in the movie is hopeless, seems to me that either somebody who was close to her died and now her life is EMPTY (like all the places and subjects shown) or she might be incurably ill…

 H.J. She looks like she wants freedom, but her everyday life is very routine and repeated.  She really tried to escape from that but it turns out useless.  She is the only living thing in the movie, however even her color is black and white.

 R.R. Every section of this film demonstrate that life of this woman is empty.  Empty table, empty cup of tea, black and white colours shows that this woman in tragedy.  And in my opinion this tragedy is because of not having any aims in life.  I think it is seen she she walk on the train road.

 N.A. I think her life is a kind of empty box…and also the empty cup.  I think that the cup was her life, and when she turned it nothing changed.

 P.P. I understand that the girl was like a machine…maybe she was under stress.  But life is not white-black, it is colorful.  It depends how we see our life.

 A.S. I’m not sure what this film is about but it might be about our life that is so boring, we goes through the system and don’t realize what is really happening.  Maybe our life so strict and there is no real happiness and love, not for self-love but for others.

 Y.S. Her dance is not just dancing.  It’s like struggling against something.  I don’t know exactly.

A.M. This movie is about an unhappy and probably lonely girl whose life is grey and routine (without any changes, last day is the same as present one). And she suffers, her dance is her soul’s sufferings.

 K.B. I don’t like it because this short movie defines a very strange fear and loneliness.  This woman looks so unhappy and remote from all the world.  She is suffering of something.

 D.B. There is nothing kind or pleasant in the movie, everything is sad.  Sometimes she dance some strange rude dance, sometimes she is sitting upset at the empty table, with vase without flowers.  Sometimes we see the hand which asks for help.  So, it’s a very unhappy movie.

 A.I. Crazy Dance.  Process of bringing “color” to her life.  She is dancing aggressively and always raises her palms up, kind of asking God about something. Because her life is dark, empty, meaningless. Maybe she wants to change through this “ritual dancing” and maybe she is trying to clean up her sins, like when her feet are being cleaned.

 G.K. The whole idea of this movie clip, to my mind, lies in one word – “desperation.” The girl in the movie is probably trying to take all negative energy out of her and get somehow distracted through a dance.  And all the symbols used in “Psalm 51” are the symbols of loneliness.

 Yes, this is expressing exactly how the highly revered King David of old felt and how he confessed his guilt in Psalm 51.  Read it for yourself to know his loneliness, desperation, unhappiness, struggle, suffering

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