X (1963)

“X” (1963)

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I think there was an honest and valuable attempt in this film, at doing something ostensibly visual. The story is literally and uniquely about vision, about what people see, what they might see, and how that will affect their world. So we have the Frankenstein and the monster in the same body, a doctor obsessed with seeing underneath the surface. The metaphor is quite clear and basic, but nevertheless it’s watchable: he who wants to see everything ends up seeing nothing. All the light equals none.

The problem, probably, is the huge gap between the ideas of the writers and the visual solution found by the filmmakers. I know this film is low budget, by the so called master of it, but i also think that money, or the lack of it, can hardly become an excuse for uninteresting attempts at making a film visual. It’s not the cheapness of a set or the poor photography that deviates good filmmakers from trying interesting things. More and more, this film is not that cheap. But the thing is, the shots are conceived in an ordinary way, very by the book, made to deliver work instead of trying to be a little bit imaginative.

However, there is an interesting, yet failed, attempt here. I suppose because this was made in the 60’s, psychedelic rock was appealing to youth, the major target of this film, there is an attempt to place Milland’s x ray eye sight as a psychedelic delusion. So all the POV shots are seen as an abstract decomposition of reality into basic colors, adding to it a kaleidoscopic effect. The moments when those bits are inserted are made as delirious bits by Xavier. I don’t think this is interesting enough for me to pay this film more attention, but i appreciated the effort, that’s the best thing here.

Eyesight and transcendency. Science and religion. In this case, i would let go of that connexion, it’s worthless here.

I appreciated the funny bits, when Xavier watches naked people dancing. It would work properly if they could show the whole thing, not just harmless bits, but that was OK.

My opinion: 2/5

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