Reality from a performance perspective

Lottie 2022-10-22 15:08:53

Acting cannot bring "truth".

The film uses a "documentary" approach, changing the essential problem of performance. That is to say, the performance is transformed into performance through "documentary" - the real problem is not the unbelievable exaggeration presented on the screen, but that it breaks the visual logic preset by the performance, that is, through the performance of characters to interpret a story. The story is no longer involved here, but the level of emotion is raised. That is to say, it doesn't matter whether the story is true or not, what matters is the expressive signal it conveys - the confrontation with authoritarianism.

In this way, the authenticity of the specific narrative will take a back seat. The form of emotion is only highlighted from the miscellaneous characters and stories. Therefore, the main object of watching movies is no longer the story, but the essence behind the story - the truth. In this way, the film's attempt at method is very valuable, and it is also very interesting.

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Extended Reading

Punishment Park quotes

  • Mary Jurgens, Tribunal Member: [shouting] You are immoral!

    Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant: I am not immoral.

    [she continually interrups with shouting]

    Jay Kaufman, Tribunal Defendant: You want me to tell you what's immoral? War is immoral! Poverty is immoral! Racism is immoral! Police brutality is immoral! Opression is immoral! Genocide is immoral! Imperialism is immoral! This country represents all those things!

  • Defendant Lee Robert Brown: America is as psychotic as it is powerful and violence is the only goddamn thing that will command your attention.