Movie of the Week 24
What better way to celebrate House Clark's 300th review than with:
The Room 2003 drama
Move over Roman Polanski, there’s a new Polish gunslinger-Director in town. Yes, I’m talking about Tommy Wiseau. Tommy’s debut movie is a thought provoking film about the American Dream and one man’s quest for success. The movie is rich in deep symbolism (the red dress, the rose, spiral staircase, white car, etc.) and demands repeat viewing. Here’s an example: The film is set in San Francisco, as we are reminded several times throughout the film, for good reason. The camera pans across the Golden Gate Bridge; obviously the GGB symbolizes Triumph. Other times the camera does a hard focus on Alcatraz Island to represent Total Failure – so poignantly juxtaposed with the GGB. The theme of Triumph vs Failure is repeated in the scenes on the rooftop with the Football – a game with two goalposts and two outcomes: Triumph or Defeat. The final tuxedo-football scene also foreshadows a sudden downfall. Most people get confused about this film, but the theme is clear to me. A Transcendental moment, if you will.
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