Film Critique: 'Anomalisa,' (Co-Directors Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Ronald Tiersky January 2016 Film critique: "Anomalisa" (co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, 2016) A review of a review: is Anthony Lane correct about 'Anomalisa'? This is an unsolicited review of noted New Yorker magazine film critic Anthony Lane's own review of the striking film, 'Anomalisa' ("Gloom and Doom," Jan. 18, p. 78). The issue goes back to intellectual currents of the 1950s and 60s involving the question whether modern man and woman are more the product of society or of the human condition. Was our predicament then, and still now, that "modern man is a mechanized being" who resembles "robotic dolls," that is, people "carved out and beaten down by a consumer society," which is Lane's understanding of Anomalisa? Or, as I perceive what Kaufman is up to, that modern man (or at least the defeated hero in this film) fails in the existential quest for human connection, becoming incurably solipsistic. Put differently, are we all the complete product of a syst...
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