By Geoff King
Elusive, refined and atmospheric, Lost in Translation was one of many indie hits of 2004, incomes frequent serious compliment, awards and luck on the field place of work. yet what was once the root of its attraction and the way precisely is the movie marked as a surprisingly self sufficient paintings? From attention of commercial components similar to investment and unencumber technique to the function of megastar functionality and formal features together with its low key narrative constitution and impressionistic use of visible imagery and sound, this ebook - written by means of a number one authority on American indie film--provides an in-depth research of the stability of extra and no more mainstream traits provided through the movie, from one of many best professionals on fresh and modern American self sufficient cinema.
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Back in his hotel room, further bemused expressions follow, in response to the apparent oddities of Japanese television (including a dubbed sequence involving a much 38 Lost in Translation younger Bill Murray that appears to have been taken from Saturday Night Live). A seemingly unmotivated sequence of broader comedy comes after seventeen minutes, with the visit of the ‘lip my stockings’ woman, during which Murray’s performance moves from further bemused puzzlement to physical antics, as the character is twice pulled to the floor by the crazy behaviour of his visitor, eventually breaking a light-fitting (at which point the action cuts away, to Bob eating later in the hotel restaurant).
Neither was considered a success, either critically or commercially, which might account for their less prominent role in perceptions of the performer’s career trajectory. Groundhog Day, on the contrary, was a hit at both levels, and is widely seen as one of the high points of Murray’s art. The scenario, in which Murray plays cynical weatherman Phil Connors, forced to live the same day over and over again, is another that affords plenty of scope for characteristic performative routines, especially given the opportunity to ring the changes, repeatedly, on the same actions and situations.
The film opens with Murray in underplaying, passive mode, narratively motivated through its location in his jet-lagged arrival in Tokyo. Some drolly delivered lines follow, when he is met and greeted by an excessively large number of overly attentive hotel personnel, a blank expression of the kind particularly characteristic of this phase of his career (developed further in Broken Flowers) being deployed in scenes in which he towers over fellow occupants of a lift and is subsequently found sitting silently on his bed.