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Elephant Written and directed by Gus Van Sant, Elephant is a 2003 American film known for its prominent visual and aural style. It unfolds on an ordinary high school day, filled with class work, football, gossip, and socializing, and observes the daily happenings of its characters from a subtle distance. For each of the students introduced, high school is a different experience: stimulating, friendly, traumatic, lonely, and hard, just as it is in reality. In a poetic, but disturbing way, it also shows how swiftly and dramatically life can change as two seemingly normal teenagers bring weapons into school on a seemingly normal day and kill innocent students and teachers. The way the story is told in Elephant is unique because the scenes are repeated three times from three different angles and perspectives, one of the most intriguing affects of the film. The third time, time itself is reversed and you start to feel that something is going to go wrong. The gliding, slow flow rhythm of the film is
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course FA 150 taught by Professor Berger during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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