Thriller Institutional Use 2008 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
What happens after the curtain falls on the death of Mimi, tragic heroine of Puccini’s La boheme? In Thriller, Mimi teams up with the opera’s comic heroine Musetta to investigate her own death. Using Psycho strings, Marxist theory and men in tutus the film asks whether the Bohemian artists upstairs are complicit in Mimi’s poverty, isolation and death. The film tell the story of the opera through three times: first following Puccini’s ‘script,’ second looking at the relationships between the characters and lastly by placing Mimi in context as a working-class woman. In the film’s only moment of synchronised sound, Colette Laffont (as Musetta) reads French theory, looking for the cause of her oppression, as Rose English (as Mimi) tries to attract her attention - and gets carried out of the room by the male artists. A witty and inventive voice-over delivered by Laffont threads together two sets of black-and-white archival images - of women workers and of classic stagings at the Royal Opera House -intercut into the high-contrast black-and-white still and moving images of four actors performing fragments and parodies of scenes from the opera in a bare room. Potter’s background in performance art and contemporary dance shines through in the eloquent gestural language in the film’s mainly still shots, while the tense investigation - shot through with humour - suggests the narrative pleasures of her feature films to come.
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About Thriller (Institutional Use) (2008)
Starring: Colette Laffont, Rose English, Tony Gacon, Vincent Meehan,
Runtime: 32 minutes
Director: Sally Potter,
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