Friday, July 8, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Crazy Hands (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

This week we have for you a whimsical and slightly off-kilter short reminiscent of the Chaplin and Keaton silent comedies. Here is the 7-minute comedic short Crazy Hands from British filmmaker, Charlie Graley. Like the best silent films, this one takes a simple premise, a man wakes up and finds he no longer has control over his hands, and explores how that simple fact affects his and everyone around him daily lives.

As I mentioned this is reminiscent of the Chaplin and Keaton silent films, but that's not entirely true. There is no dialogue bu things aren't entirely silent. Our main character with the crazy hands lives in a world where grunts and facial expressions get people through their days. What I love so much about this short is how it showcases the fact that one simple thing can throw off the normalcy of our daily lives and how without the semblance of normalcy can drive anyone insane. There's a lot of heart here and if the finale doesn't put a smile on your face I don't know what will.

Check this out if you need some old-fashioned comedy, if the daily crush of the cubicle gets to you, watch this to realize things could be much worse. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness in, Crazy Hands.

Crazy Hands from Charlie Graley on Vimeo.

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