THE TREE OF LIFE (Thoughts,cuts, flashbacks, memories)

Flashbacks and memories are usually represented brighter and sometimes quite blurred and distorted compared to scenes in the present, but what the director does in here, is to cut straight from the building window to the stream by introducing a new image which symbolizes and produces the same feeling as the one before, being the memory the need and want to escape from the daily life, from reality into a peaceful and pure place. Another strategy not to make noticeable changes from cut to cut is to play with sound. Once the lake scene is introduced to the audience, they get the taste of what it looked like and sounded like but rapidly while it goes forward to the present again and after interchanging a few times the shots, the only sound that invades the screen is the one from the present, what really makes us believe as an audience, that even though the character is in there, he’s ignoring his surrounding and only focused on his flashback.



The short film I met the Walrus is exceptionally related to my research due to its way of building a whole narrative from just an original source through metamorphism, a constant sense of transformation and a simple use of techniques and visual codes such as colour and realistic/fictitious imagery. The fact that it is an animated documentary film also contributes enormously to my group documentary project and to learn how to portray clearly and successfully a recorded interview into a moving image.


According to filmmaker Jill Godmilow, this film by Bunuel has the characteristics that a documentary film needs to have. Bunuel,s film treats these people (Los Hurdanos) and their condition in brutally ironic terms, using references to cultural anthropology and to travel films to point out their folkloric displays which validates our prurient interest in “bizarre peoples” and their customs.