Synecdoche, New York

Synecdoche, New York ★★★★

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This morning as many of you watched my schedule for today, I get some people worried about my health after trying to review this and TENET, and by the end of the day, surprisingly enough, this was less much complex and much easier to get into. Maybe its not as difficult to understand or maybe I just gotten so used to Kaufmann's work, which its easier for me to catch many of the references and ideas on his movies.

First of all, as I was trying to understand the meaning and interpretation behind the motif of this movie, the more I realized this one more than ever is not a movie with one core idea but a collection of thoughts that falls into one particular theme. An amalgamation. Its like the solar system whereas the main idea is like the sun which shines through all these other concepts. More on that below for spoilers reason...

What I can say for now is that within their quirk, everyone does an incredible performance. The later Hoffman is fantastic delivering on the low and loud, powerhouse moments. I love how the rest of the women here mostly play a double role and they all nail it, each version having their own identity you can distinguish them and that allows them to show their range, especially Michelle Williams and Dianne Weist.

Technically speaking, the cinematography and production are the biggest stars of the flick, from the small details on the buildings to the grandiose recreation of New York for the play.

All in all, for what I can discuss now without getting into major spoilers, this is a movie that requires your attention but not one as hard to comprehend once you know how it all goes. Great performances and fans of Kaufmann will definitely enjoy, especially if you liked his latest feature.

....now on for the explanation....

An Amalgamation of Ideas About Fading Into Ashes
Intentionally, or by accident, there's no doubt this is Charlie Kaufmann's All That Jazz, a film where reality and dreams blend together, but also a film about the final days of an artist and how does these messes up with its creative and personal life. And how even when he's dying, this play is working on serves as a birth of a new life that may or may not leave for eternity as any creative work.

Its clear by now, Charlie is highly influenced by Carl Jung and its Analytical psychology. I will look more into that to get a better understanding, but here in specifically there are two prominet concepts that takes the forefront: the four steps of self realization and how dreams and what we perceive as reality gets a time where they seem to intertwine.

In the case of the former one: Caden seems to go through all four of these stages. When he hires Sammy, he learns of his true personality and becomes more aware of himself. He shows awareness of his anima when replacing himself with Ellen and telling Tammy that his persona would have made him more adept in womanhood than in manhood. In taking on the role of Ellen, he becomes conscious of the archetypal spirit and finally realizes truths about his life and about love.

There's also this idea that goes very well with the Jung's philosophy, where it gets to a point where the play he's working on becomes a literal and graphic display of what's happening inside him. His mental state and his life and his emotions have taken life of its own and the whole movie becomes a play within a play. Cause the play is his life. The same goes for the burning house and how this is mean to represent Hazel being and mental state and where she's at on her life where she's not worried of living in a house that's going to kill her, its almost like a representation of suicide or depression.

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