Friday, July 13, 2012

Fantastic Short Film Friday - La Mer de Pianos (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.

It's time for another amazing short film for all you short film lovers out there. I know I say this everytime I put one of these up here, but my favorite form of cinema are documentaries. Feature length documentaries can open whole new worlds, but take massive amounts of time and only a select few subjects can really work in the long form. For my money, the best form of cinema for documentaries are the short form. You can take any subject, any job, and show their world through 5-minute windows and make it truly unique, engaging and engrossing. Everything becomes heightened with the short running time, everything becomes important, everything just becomes, well... more. Here is the 5-minute documentary short La Mer de Pianos from filmmakers Tom Wrigglesworth & Mathieu Cuvelier.

Here's the synopsis:

A look at Marc Manceaux, the owner of the oldest piano shop in Paris.

I just love these kind of shorts, one's that show an artist working on a dying art, something so personal, something so unique, time consuming, intensive and specialized that its function is fading slowly away in this modern world. In 5-minutes this short shows you the power of hope and the beauty of perseverance. You can't help but feel a nostalgic sentimentality for the man who does something I never even thought of existing before. And that's why I love documentaries, they show you looks into unknown but real worlds, peep holes into the lives of the people you can pass by everyday, people who are different and unique and heroic in their own right.

Check this out if you want to see something that will warm the heart. Check this out if you want to see the tragic truth of progress vs art. Enjoy this weeks dose of short film goodness with La Mer de Pianos.

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