Posted: 07/11/2011




by Caress Thirus

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Clacson is a cleverly-titled short film exposing the disadvantages of human error in an ironic and entertaining way. The film, whose title means “horn” in Italian, was filmed in Milan, Italy.

The camerawork is nice, and definitely unconventional when compared to American films. Some of the angles are very unique. There is also a bit of an anonymous and mysterious feel to the film, evident in the way the first thing viewers see when introduced to a new character is that person’s feet.

In this film, an impatient woman discovers her vehicle is surrounded by three oddly-parked cars. She looks around for someone to get them to move the car, but no one is in sight. She decides to display her frustration by honking her horn incessantly, much to the chagrin of a nearby resident.

At first, there is no dialogue and no soundtrack. The viewer is forced to pay attention to the story and deduce what is happening from the clues the filmmaker decides to give. It’s bold, and it works really well with the story. Few words are used because few words are needed for the situation that unfolds.

Another point that Clacson proves is that a movie doesn’t need to be two hours long for it to be worth watching. The film is roughly five and a half minutes long, and the story is developed pretty well for it being so short. Adding time might give the viewer more time to get to know the characters, and to know why the cars are parked so oddly, but in the end, none of that really matters. Short films give you the meat and bones of a story, and when a short is done right, that’s all a viewer really needs.

Caress Thirus is a student at Roosevelt University and a film enthusiast.

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