In the Quiet

February 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today I worked from home while Pakou recovered from pulled wisdom teeth (and considered if laughing gas was worth joining the forces of comedic outlaws). She put on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and promptly fell asleep.

It was a movie I’ve only seen in bits and pieces, but sitting across the room, I was struck by how heavy and dark the story is. I didn’t see what was happening and I couldn’t hear much of the dialogue, but the tones, the music, the lengthy pauses between speakers reminded me again of the Nazi-like oppression that descends on Hogwarts and the magic world. This is the point in the series where survival becomes questionable and the resistance grimly emerges.

All this revealed through pauses and music.

It reminds me of Valentin Spirik’s rendition of His Girl Friday (on a much lighter note), where he strings together every moment without dialogue in a fast-talking comedy. Reduced to 8 minutes, you can still clearly follow the story:

Pakou mentioned Invisible Children earlier, and we heard today they’re planning an event on April 25 called Speak Out Without Speaking, 25 hours of silence to raise awareness of the plight of child soldiers (this may count as Pakou’s 25 1/2 post).

Selah. For the weekend at least, we’ll pause here.


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