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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 31 | volume VI | March-April, 2003



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 31March-April, 2003
Gallery Reviews

Sometimes Below, sometimes in One hour

– on the films BELOW and ONE-HOUR PHOTO

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Jane Altiparmakov

The film selection for this film review-diptych from the recent film production of the New York film school, for a really long time proved as almost unique and with no rival film-school in USA, with its own specific film poetics, poetics that significantly diverges from the Hollywood’s entertainment-business-soap-propaganda poetics, so much closer to the European film art-poetics, was made, above all, by the quality of the newer film titles from that film production that can be found in our country… To be exact, these two films can be found in the most of the Macedonian video rentals as DVD editions.


    Directed by: David N. Twohy;
    Written by:
David N. Twohy and Darren Aronofski;
Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Mathew Davis…

The film BELOW, directed by David N. Twohy, known by the low-budget SF-film Pitch Black with Win Diesel, and written by Darren Aronofski (the American dark film-prince), the film author who, with his films Pi () and Requiem For A Dream, simply took the breath away of the film audiences through US and the rest of the world opened to such kind of a film experience. At the beginning, BELOW was named as Proteus, and Aronofski planned this project to be the successor of Pi, but later, he decides to adapt the Hubert Selby Junior novel, from which the famous Requiem For A Dream did come out. The story of BELOW is placed, in whole, in the deep ocean waters and on the US Navy submarine

Darren Aronofski

“Mantra”. The crew of “Mantra” rescues three survivors of the British ambulance boat sunk by the Nazi’s, and among them, the nurse Claire Page (Olivia Williams). With the coming of the survivors, in the submarine start to happen various mysterious events and the crew starts to get suspicious that “Mantra” is being possessed by some supernatural forces. The submarine captain Douglas O’Dell (Mathew Davis) dies under mysterious circumstances; the colonel Brice (Bruce Greenwood) takes the command of the submarine, and he must face even more and more stranger events that take place within “Mantra”, as the mysterious of his crew, but also his own disturbance considering his common sense and rational judgement. Is “Mantra” really possessed by the supernatural forces, hidden in the unexplored ocean depths, and is the death of the captain Douglas really an accident, or it is a result of some previously thought conspiracy…?

In theory, BELOW seems as almost perfect hybrid,

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