Dream controlled

Here are a few scenes from one of my all-time favourite movies, Waking Life (2002). Directed by Richard Linklater, it uses the digitally enhanced live action rotoscoped animation technique to create its stylized affect. The title is a reference to an excerpt from George Santayana’s The Elements of Poetry: “Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.” Based around a series of documentary-style philosophical discussions ranging from interpersonal reality, communication, free will, politics, and that elusive ‘meaning of life’, it is very characteristic of some of Linklater’s other acclaimed works (A Scanner Darkly, Before Sunrise/Sunset) and makes for a valuable addition to any film collection. Also, the Glover Gill/Tosca Tango Orchestra score makes it as much a pleasure to listen to as it is to watch.

Sarah Badr © MMVIII

See also: A Scanner Darkly (2006)

George Santayana


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