Sunday, February 12, 2006

Persona & Mulholland Drive

Lately, we've been talking a lot with this friend of ours from University, whose major passion is Ingmar Bergman, about the similarities and differences between Lynch's Mulholland Drive and Bergman's Persona.
And they're both - attention, spoilers ahead - based on the notion of interchangeable people.

Be it in dreams or metaphorically, how one person is so alike the other to the extent of them ultimately being one and the same, this focuses on the notion of human similarity in almost the way that I would...

It touched me, to an extent, as an idea. It really did. However you choose to interpret it at the end, the idea is the same: just look around and find the ways you resemble someone else, be it a family member, a close personal friend or a total stranger. And you'll be amazed at what you find, I promise.

If you take the time to find the ways, it'll tell you things about the world you may never have known otherwise - and it's even better if you choose a person at random. Other than the simple stuff, like age or gender or what you do for a living, that may or may not be the same, look a bit deeper. Look at the way they react to this or that, or their deeper beliefs about various trivial or important subjects, or even their likes and dislikes.

Yet again, with this simple mind-trick, you'll get to know more about yourself and about the world than you'd ever known before.

And I'm sure that everyone's getting tired of my little games, which all break down to a simple "look closer and think wiser", so instead of hating me just watch the films instead...

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