Series of Infinite Regressions, or, How I Enjoyed SYNECDOCHE NY

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First, it’s without any doubt, the slowest pace of a film I can recall ever experiencing.

Altho slightly over 2-hours, we entered the theater Nov. 28, and as the closing credits rolled I wondered if it were December yet.

If you enjoyed BEING JOHN MALKOVICH or ADAPTATION then you might be prepared for SYNECDOCHE but I missed many nuances of this flick because I tried too hard to digest the scene I had just witnessed.

This story is tricky-dense, and generally I laughed out loud at my own incapacity to get it!

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Kaufman’s storyline of our hero’s play-within-a-play-within-a-play brings to mind my boyhood discovery of a mental phenomenon that I believe is termed an infinite visual regression.

As a four-year-old living on the edge of Indiana I spied an empty beer bottle with an illustrated label of a bartender serving a customer a bottle of beer.  Of course, the label on THAT bottle showed the same image, a bartender serving a bottle of beer with the illustrated label…see what I mean?  On and on ad finitum.  Charlie Kaufman has made a study of these perplexities of the mind to present on film.

Go see SYNECDOCHE NY at the Campus Gateway Cinema in Columbus while it’s still in town…and don’t forget to pick up your jaw as you exit…it’s that puzzling!

About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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