Monday, December 11, 2017

Marjorie Prime (2017)

So apparently this was a play before it was a film. I wonder if it had music when it was performed? I feel like the music is such a part of the whole and really made the movie for me. While it deals with big issues like technology and memory in a thoughtful manner, Marjorie Prime is very much a melodrama - in the Victorian sense. Mica Levi’s beautiful score (and the few source songs) inform, overwhelm, envelope, and enhance the images. It feels almost like a silent film where a modern score was placed overtop. The music expresses that which is being withheld. It speaks for those who choose not to, and gives emotion to what we are told is just a series of 1's and 0's. Days later I’m still thinking about it all. Can’t wait to revisit and dig deeper.

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