3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 8 minutes
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Not to be confused with the Radiohead song of the same name, “How to Disappear Completely” follows a lone and socially devoid photographer who literally becomes invisible in the background of society for the purpose of capturing the most natural shot. Philosophically becoming disgusted with the human rat race of the city, he ventures into in the woods for the sake of capturing animals and the beautiful surroundings of the nature scene.

Not a word is spoken on-screen but the photographer’s new found views of mankind and purpose are exposed through narration spoken over some wonderful visuals. The still photography and cinematography, both in the cityscape and in the woods, are absolutely striking. Just more proof that not all DV shorts have to actually look DV.

“How to Disappear Completely” offers a lot in its short eight minutes. Pleasing visuals, smooth editing and interesting philosophic rhetoric (even if you already thought of some of these thoughts yourself). It is the kind of piece that grows on you with multiple viewings and anything that requires more than one viewing, should definitely be worth your time.

Posted on February 14, 2005 in Reviews by

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