Do you like annoying characters with dark fantasies that heighten your senses? Do surrealist films like Donnie Darko or Mulholland Dr. excite your intellectual curiosity?
If so, you will enjoy this dark, cerebral drama that uses the surrealist storytelling technique known as the exquisite corpse. The main character, Robin Zamora, literally becomes the instrument which produces the foreboding sounds of his unconscious in a quest to create a masterpiece that will be his legacy.
I was pleased with the spectacular performances by Robin Zamora, Bill Oberst Jr. and Marissa Merrill, who intricately bring these annoying characters to life in the independent film The Symphony.
The creative process for writer/director, Michael LaPointe, is innovative as well as provocative. Michael LaPointe expands Andre Breton’s definition of Surrealism by exposing the heart of the surrealistic movement. From my perspective, at the heart of Surrealism lies the obvious question, why would a man want to unify the external reality of the senses to the inner world of the mind’s perceptions? What makes this revolutionary concept attractive?
Exquisite corpse is the technique used in Michael LaPointe’s creative process for The Symphony. If you view this technique as a metaphor, you will find an answer to the above question. A corpse or by definition, a fictitious thing…or some no longer useful aspect of our mind brought to the forefront. As one externalizes the inner world of the elusive mind, something magical happens. There are consequences (con-sequences) that follow these actions. Reminiscent of the old parlor game called Consequences this technique, in the end, exposes the harsh tone or the poorly tuned instrument. Another familiar game “show” called Truth or Consequences reminds us of the full implications of the “game.” Man’s search for meaning includes identifying the false dissonance that produces those dramatic effects versus the truth of the matter.
It is a revolutionary idea to evolve beyond the first thoughts and desires lurking around the dark recesses of our mind and to move forward. We must unmask the illusion.
Our unconscious mind brings expressions of life, art, death and the playful nature of the mind. Each of us must examine our truth and consequences to determine that delicate balance between the creative imagination and destructive elements of our dream world - a matter intimately connected to our soul. Michael LaPointe’s creative brilliance, in my opinion, will prove to be a classic.
3rd Dog Script aka Betsy Banfield-Malone