“Timecrimes”, a science fiction film about a man who finds himself stuck in a time loop only to realize that he is constantly running from himself. “Timecrimes” was directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo who also starred it in. It is thanks to his character for creating the start of the time loop, though we never find out why the loop started originally. Perhaps, it was an elaborate scheme thought up by Nacho Vigalondo’s character, El Joven. In my opinion, this is the best example of the auteur theory. Initially, when I first saw this, I thought it would be more of a horror film till I saw how twisted the plot became. The symbolism of the binoculars was my favorite part. The binoculars represented and also foreshadowed the future. In the beginning when Hector was looking through them at the girl, he was struggling to really see her because of trees and bushes that were in the way. Later, when Hector had the bandage on his face, he was trying to use his hands as the binoculars because he was becoming delirious and feeding into El Joven’s orders to not change the path. Sure, it would be more logical for Hector 1, 2, and 3 to eventually cross paths and maybe even have a discussion since they all know in a way that there is another version of them running around, except for the fact that El Joven told him if he had crossed his own path, he would die which reminded me of the final scene in “La Jetee” where the man just wants to go back to the time at the airport before the war so he could find the beautiful woman he fell for which resulted in his witnessing of his own death.
“400 Blows” is about Antoine, a young boy, who, due to issues with his family at a young age, resorted to a life of petty theft before he was sent off to a school for juvenile delinquents. This film is perhaps the best example of auteur theory because the director and writer, Francois Roland Truffaut, based the entire story off his own life. Both Francois and the mini-Francois, Antoine,...
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