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Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, & Benoît Poelvoorde's Man Bites Dog

  • Apr 6, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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Death as an Occupation:

Death is something we all have to deal with at one time or another.  As a young child to whatever I am now, death has always fascinated me. Even though it happens to us all, it isn’t something you can completely plan for. When Ashby (pictured on the upper left side of this page) passed away last year it was a heavy blow. Regardless of the fact that she was 13 and the thought of her passing had been in the back of my mind for a few years. None of my mental preparation made it any easier when it actually happened.

What about people who deal with death on a daily basis? Could you get to a point where you could become completely jaded about the subject? Those are a few questions that I’m hoping we will be able to explore in this four part theme.

Release Date: August 20th, 1992

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Belgium

As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of the film medium. The great thing about films or any other art form is that there’s something for pretty much everyone. Not every film needs to be fun, light, or heartwarming. Not that there is anything wrong with films with those qualities, art would be rather boring if it only catered to a certain genre or tone. I’ve always found films interesting that are able to trick the audience. I’m not talking about a Shyamalan like twist but films that play with your emotions and challenge your earlier feelings and assumptions about said film. A few examples of this would be Audition, My Kid Could Paint That, Starship Troopers, countless Hitchcock films, and Man Bites Dog.

If ever a film deserved the title of a dark/black comedy, it would be this film. Man Bites Dog came out a decade after Cannibal Holocaust but before the rise in popularity of the found footage genre with The Paranormal Activity films, The Blair Witch Project, and Forgotten Silver. This film explores a subject that I’ve always been interested in which is how do you draw the line between a compelling documentary and exploitation.  It also explores the art of the façade. It’s a faux documentary about Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde), a (seemingly) charming young man who just so happens to be a serial killer. The filmmakers all appear in the film using their own names. One of the most interesting notes about this film is that the filmmakers use Benoît’s real family in the film. They were oblivious of the films content.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhSQcHHDb9w

               (A nice companion film to Man Bites Dog.)

This Showing will be a shown at the Headquarters which is smoke free, intimate environment with limited space. Since space is limited I would appreciate some notice (when possible) if you have rsvp'd but are not able to attend the showing. It would allow others to rsvp who might be able to attend.

A warning for anyone with bad allergies, we do have a dog residing here. Hopefully her presence won’t be too much of a deterrent.

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I look forward to seeing you there.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Organizer,
Damon

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  • Damon S.

    Thank you all for coming and contributing to a great discussion. I appreciate everyone being open to seeing a rather challenging film. I understand that violence of any kind, simulated or not can hold a certain repel. Sadly violence existences in the world and I feel that it is worth exploring in film and in other art forms. I have a few more challenging films coming up soon but also some fun ones as well. If I do not see you for Akira (which should be on any film enthusiast's check list), I hope to see you soon for another great discussion.

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Damon S.

      A few fellow Celluloid Lovers asked how this film was received when it came out. It won multiple awards when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

      April 7, 2014

  • Carl T.

    "Interesting" could be understood in a couple "interesting" ways!
    But thanks, Damon! And thanks again for holding such a high-level, worthwhile and hospitable group in your home!

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Carl T.

    I hate violence and scenes of people being cruel, hurtful to others, so I had a visceral reaction to this one, but I will admit that the film artfully employed extremely clever and scathing irony!

    2 · April 6, 2014

    • Damon S.

      It was good to see you, Carl and I'm happy that you took a chance with the film. You always add something interesting to the discussions.

      1 · April 7, 2014

  • Zara

    Heavy duty work month. See you in May.

    March 31, 2014

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