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Year
1989
Runtime
39 min.
Director
Alan Clarke
Genre
Short
Rating *
7.1
Votes *
1,058
Checks
789
Favs
54
Dislikes
11
Favs/checks
6.8% (1:15)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. jarmel's avatar

    jarmel

    I don't know the exact relationship between this and Gus Van Sant's Elephant but for me the latter borrows heavily from the Alan Clarke version. 7 years 12 months ago
  2. Shingwauk's avatar

    Shingwauk

    I got it after the first few shootings. Didn't need to watch it for 39 minutes. 11 months 2 weeks ago
  3. piet's avatar

    piet

    @jarmel The explanation can be found on the film's Wikipedia page

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    The title is a tribute to the 1989 BBC short film of the same name, directed by Alan Clarke. Van Sant originally believed Clarke's title referred to the story of several blind men trying to describe an elephant and each one drawing different conclusions based on which body part they were touching. Later, he found out that it was referring to the phrase "elephant in the room," a reference to the collective denial of some very obvious problem. Van Sant's film uses the earlier interpretation, as the same general timeline is shown multiple times from multiple viewpoints.
    7 years 10 months ago
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In 5 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #23 in Brief Encounters
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  2. This movie ranks #289 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  3. This movie ranks #420 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  4. This movie ranks #422 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  5. This movie ranks #909 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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