16/06/2023: Swedish Film “Songs from the Second Floor”
Overview: Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a Swedish black comedy-drama film, written and directed by Roy Andersson. A film poem inspired by the Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We meet people in the city. People trying to communicate, searching compassion and get the connection of small and large things.
- Each scene is shot with one take where the camera stands still as the actors embrace the frame (the camera moves once in the entire film, in the railway station scene).
- The quotations used as a recurring motif are from the work of Peruvian poet César Vallejo: “Traspié entre dos estrellas” (“Stumble Between Two Stars”).
“Roy Andersson presents us with loosely connected scenes from the end of the world, in a series of bizarre tableaux unfolding in weirdly lucid dream-landscapes of vast plains, endless corridors and vertiginous perspective lines – each scene filmed in one long take from a static camera” – The Guardian
“Songs From the Second Floor is a parade of fools marching blindly to their ruin, and for the moment we are still spectators and have not been required to join the march. The laughter inspired by the movie is sometimes at the absurd, sometimes simply from relief.” – Roger Ebert
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