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Songs From the Second Floor - Wellington Film Society

Songs From the Second Floor - Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 10 Apr ’17, 6:15pm – 7:55pm


The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington



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  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00

(Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/Denmark 2000)
Violence, sexual scenes.

Even if we never see the insurance-grabbing fire set by furniture salesman Kalle in the astonishing Songs from the Second Floor, the notoriously obsessive Roy Andersson is well aware that the jokes don’t come from the set-up, but with the punch line. Portraying the destinies of 50 different characters in a series of 45 carefully composed vignettes with no apparent logical construct, Andersson’s crafty, apocalyptic burlesque is what most people thought might happen when the clock struck triple zero.

Andersson draws his influence, not from filmic sources, but painterly trompe-l’oeil, and the German expressionism of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. As well as real life, of course - Andersson found his actors in restaurants, on the streets and in Ikea. Andersson’s in medias res wonders (scored by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, no relation) are more than the sum of their parts. He is selling a distinct, bleak view of the human condition. - Mark Peranson, Vancouver Film Festival 2000

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