Welcome to the Asemic Cinema, where opening shots& titles tell a different story from the one passing before your eyes. This week’s classic comes from a time & place that once was/will be. It is a re-write of The Runaway Bus (1954), a British Mystery-Comedy – please note that the sub-titles have been deconstructed to find alternative meaning.
travellers seeking motion
commotion in lines.
Make the message count
rapt in seconds away from – death
a knock at the door.
Scratched glass hides sounds
under lampshade shadow’s light –
an unmarked parcel.
Fingers peel back emotions
Like The Man who cheated himself –
clock hands clap to time.
Unlock the clasp’s chill,
Empty chamber full of fear –
Breathing plans at night.
Who’s the Fool now ?
Midnight Messenger’s mistress –
walking out backwards.
Note: Stanzas are Haiku variations. The B&W shots are from opening cuts of the noir film, The Man who Cheated Himself ( 1950 ) – can be found on archive.org .
A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.
“People who have made no attempt to educate themselves live in a kind of dissolving phantasmagoria of the world, that is, they completely forget what happened last Tuesday. A politician can promise them anything, and they will not remember later what he has promised.”
In 1961, The National Film Board of Canada produced Arthur Lipsett‘s first film, Very Nice, Very Nice. It looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on life and shows anxieties we want to forget. It is made of dozens of pictures that seem familiar, with fragments of speech heard in passing. It evokes a world swamped with information and imagery but barren of meaning and filled with longing.
We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.
We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.