Elephant (G. Van Sant)

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Elephant (G. Van Sant)

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2003
81min, OmdU

Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum Quelle: Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Elephant (G. Van Sant)

Gus Van Sant
USA, 2003
, 81min, OmdU

Cast: 
Alex Frost
Alex
Eric Deulen
Eric
John Robinson
John
Elias McConnell
Elias
Screenplay: 
Gus Van Sant
Sound: 
Leslie Shatz
Camera: 
Harris Savides
Editor: 
Gus Van Sant
Costume: 
Marychris Mass
Marsha Barlett
Leslie Gilbertson

Production: 
HBO Films
Fine Line Features
Meno Films
Blue Relief Productions
Fearmakers Studios
Format: 
35 mm

ELEPHANT is a documentary-like examination of an ordinary day in a mostly white, middle-class high school in which the calm is splashed with a corrosive burst of violence: two boys arm themselves and begin shooting. The picture mirrors the horrific events at Columbine High School, and its influences stretch from Frederick Wiseman to Ambrose Bierce’s “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. The title comes from the British director Alan Clarke’s 1989 rough-and-ready short film of the same name, a tough and dense look at the violence in Northern Ireland, which also didn’t paste answers onto the problem. (Elvis Mitchell)