Denis Villeneuve – Crafting Morality Through Mystery January 5, 2020 Tags:Amy Adams, Arrival, Channel Criswell, Cinema, Cinema Cartography, cinematography, Criswell, Denis Villeneuve, enemy, essay, film, filmmaker, filmmaking, hugh jackman, Incendies, Jake Gyllenhall, Lewis Bond, Maelstrom, movies, Polytechnique, prisoners, Roger Deakins, Sicario, video essay, Villeneuve Related Posts Is abortion in a case of rape “compassionate” to the woman? Brittany | The People Behind the Car Setting Up Employees in Employee Scheduling Software About The Author Hubert Monson 100 Comments seen921 Another excellent video. You dig beyond the obvious and make us feel what you're feeling All your vids have this More vids please June 16, 2017 Reply Mato Mijic long story short: Villeneuve is a (film) designer. June 16, 2017 Reply Jeff Snag This is your most cinematic video essay I've seen, It affected by the end. June 16, 2017 Reply Dark Miracle what were the movies in the beginning of the film?? The first 38 sec! June 16, 2017 Reply the king of suff I love Enemy. Best film of 2013? June 16, 2017 Reply Selestrielle HOLY CHRIST, YOU SAID HIS LAST NAME RIGHT. (Seriously, hearing people mangle his last name is my least favourite part about video essais on Villeneuve's work.) June 16, 2017 Reply Sub Roy We have a fundamental disagreement here, I'm afraid (for the first time ever, actually). I see Villeneuve as a visceral director who wants to make movies about ideas. This isn't necessarily contradictory, but the end results often end up not being very dramatically functional, so I have very mixed feelings about him. I liked Malestrom, hated Incendies, hated Prisoners, loved Enemy (I think its his masterpiece), was ok about Sicario (only the bridge sequence got my attention) and loved Arrival. So far, he seems formally split between attempting Fincher-like precision and the more poetic focusing on detailed imagery like Lynn Ramsay. Both attempts seem to end up too nebulous/dense to mean anything or create good symbolism. But I do find your point about creating mystery by denying payoffs w/ using zooms to be interesting. I'll give some of his stuff another rewatch. June 16, 2017 Reply Марлен Нурмаков Please add subtitles June 16, 2017 Reply Bored Room What's the music besides Max Richter's track? June 16, 2017 Reply Aaron Kaminski I had no idea the director of Arrival had so many other A+ films under his belt. Bravo! June 17, 2017 Reply Gooop This channel is amazing and makes perhaps the most interesting video essays I've ever seen. The amount there is to learn about filmmaking from a single 12 minute video is incredible. June 17, 2017 Reply Theyungcity23 Reminds me of "Oblivion" by David Foster Wallace June 17, 2017 Reply TheLonesomeChef Well done. June 17, 2017 Reply WOLF STAR Polytechnique very underrated film. June 17, 2017 Reply Austin Doherty As usual, great work man! June 17, 2017 Reply S Y N A P T I C that slow clap from Citizen Kane June 17, 2017 Reply Derick Gabrillo Someone needs to give Villenueve an Oscar. June 17, 2017 Reply CESSKAR Sorry I can't stand your voice. June 17, 2017 Reply AkulBIG Fuck I cant wait for bladerunner, and the moral commentary on robots June 17, 2017 Reply Yu Hashsishu Villneueve. Incendies is his masterpiece. June 17, 2017 Reply Vighnesh Sivakumar I don't think you could have ended on anything but that haunting solo violin. June 17, 2017 Reply TheCompleteGuitarist Are they zooms? I think they are Dolly-Ins. A zoom would add a certain sense of distortion that I am not seeing. A Dolly-In gives a sense of being drawn in that a zoom would not. Maybe this is what you meant? Just being picky with the description. I haven't watched enough of Villeneuves movies yet. Enemy was tough. June 17, 2017 Reply Katia I love the calm, objective mood of the cinematography, but how much of that can we attribute to Roger Deakins, his DP, rather than Villeneuve? I never know who to credit for the look, the DP or the director…Anyway, I LOVE DENIS. June 18, 2017 Reply Mary Mary this was beautiful. thank you. June 18, 2017 Reply robotchickenlazers This is low key the best channel on YouTube. June 18, 2017 Reply Reuben Commons That was REALLY good June 18, 2017 Reply Tenison Junior You are just amazing. Damn! Please, don't never stop, it's a freaking great work. I don't have international credit card (not even a job, but oh well), but if I could I would totally support you through patreon. Really gorgeous work. June 18, 2017 Reply IntimatePower Video Poem, not just video essay. June 19, 2017 Reply Brian Davids Phenomenal work, Criswell. You even got the pronunciation right. #VideoEssayEnvy June 19, 2017 Reply willcutu beautiful video June 20, 2017 Reply TheDavan619 This is SOOO great! <3 <3 <3 June 20, 2017 Reply jorch1220 Thank you for this, great video. June 20, 2017 Reply shaolinkin I disagree with the conclusion, but everything else is spot on. June 20, 2017 Reply Danteabad Villeneuve, Kauffman, PTA, Iñarritu, Cuaron and Coen brothers. Each year each one of them get better and better. incendies is one of my favorite dramas till today. Such an ending. Arrival is one the best SciFi movies out there today (yes.. i think Interstellar is great but too overrated). Villeneuve is on his way to become one of the greatest directors out there if he keeps doing what he is doing right now. Such and incredible essay Lewis. great composition/editing and awesome choice for the bg music. June 20, 2017 Reply bobunitone Maelström is such an odd film. It's like mashing Krzysztof Kieślowski and Jean-Pierre Jeunet together. June 21, 2017 Reply Sixto Morales When you discuss his use of zoom, note that some of those shots were utilizing pans instead. June 21, 2017 Reply João Pedro Marvelous video Cris. Thank you very much! June 21, 2017 Reply Sarai Zelaya Does anyone know where to find the interview of Denis at the beginning of this video? June 21, 2017 Reply VonJay Why are you so awesome? June 22, 2017 Reply The Besteva1999 such a good channel June 22, 2017 Reply He Tian Heng Pictures Excellent! June 23, 2017 Reply Taylor Holmes Highlighting Villeneuve's almost supernatural abilities. Well done. June 24, 2017 Reply EJ Land I'm sorry who had me lost at suggestions all the way to the zoom in. Can anyone explain again? June 25, 2017 Reply MALICEFILMS I watched like 6 videos of your channel and enjoyed them all so far. Jesus fucking christ im going to binge watch all ur vids c: Amazing work! June 25, 2017 Reply avedic Very cool analysis. I've only seen Arrival…..but was blown away by it, on every level.I really must delve into his other films. I'm a massive David Fincher fan….so this is right up my alley.Villeneuve is definitely a director to watch in the future….can't wait to see what he'll tackle next, especially after the huge success of Arrival and the studios' realizing that audiences WANT to see those sort of profound beautiful subtle films. I sure as hell am hungry for more of that…. June 26, 2017 Reply rawnak What's the background music called June 28, 2017 Reply Michael Wu Hey Lewis, just wondering since you said your short term goal was to start making short films, what kind of these films are you interested in making? Narrative-driven, experimental, character study, genre fiction, etc.? Thanks! July 2, 2017 Reply Simon Woods Excellent July 8, 2017 Reply Duh guy What music was used at the end? July 8, 2017 Reply Alejandro Giorlando Perfect! as always!! July 11, 2017 Reply Zombitious A video on John Waters or Frederico Fellini? July 12, 2017 Reply Casper The Cool Cat Thank you. July 14, 2017 Reply Robert Adames I just saw Incendies, that movie will be in my mind for a while. July 14, 2017 Reply Nic Gonzalez omg this video is beautiful July 16, 2017 Reply charles harkless Im Really interesting in seeing input depth of lost in translation 2003 film on is channel July 23, 2017 Reply BitPuffin Fuck. I have missed so many of your videos because of the notification thing with youtube -_- July 28, 2017 Reply MindRiot So good I watched it twice. August 2, 2017 Reply requiroz __ Por qué no aparecen subtítulos automáticamente? August 3, 2017 Reply Jarius Brown could you also do a movie review of The Wailing ? August 8, 2017 Reply Jerome De Greif As always, just brillant! August 9, 2017 Reply Elliot Sterling This guy is directing Dune. I can think of no better person suited for the job August 12, 2017 Reply Geralt of Rivia Hey man, i'm a huge fan of what you do here. And i was wondering, are you planning on doing an elaboration on Ingmar Bergman's work? That would be super cool. August 13, 2017 Reply Flamesphere Could you please do a Hitchcock video? August 15, 2017 Reply Ismael Clicked to see if you pronounced his name right. You did. Also, great content. I'm subscribing 😉 September 4, 2017 Reply Mishta Romaniello Arrival was good. It's kind of a cliche to have a movie about aliens landing on earth and humans trying to communicate with them i.e. The Day the Earth Stood Still, but I did like the mystery of language. Very interesting subject. September 6, 2017 Reply Liam Fenton On The Nature Of Daylight can make anything sound beautiful and deep September 13, 2017 Reply TheDirectorOfFrustration Fuck you Lewis I don't like you because you are black. September 26, 2017 Reply Chan Ho Woo Denis is a rising genius in the film industry. Within a few years, he takes on big projects like the Bladerunner remake. I'm glad he made it in the film industry. September 29, 2017 Reply Stuart Hancock Terrific. I haven't heard Villeneuve mention Tarkovsky, but it seems apparent that he is a major influence. September 30, 2017 Reply panccio awesome essay of one of the best new directors! thanks.must mention though, that he uses dolly-ins, more than zoom-ins. October 2, 2017 Reply Mr. Creasy Absolutely amazing video! Really well done! 👍🏽 October 4, 2017 Reply chumleyok If you think stories are just stories then you don't understand stories. October 15, 2017 Reply Tomato Lemon I think the change from frantic style of camera work to his current style is mostly because of Roger Deakins. Not every director is like Scorcece, mapping everything out beforehand. I imagine most of the shot decisions in Denis' collaborations with Deakins can be attributed equally to both artists. November 1, 2017 Reply Bertie Brosnan Excellent work Lewis! November 9, 2017 Reply Le Polygone Prisoners was good…his other stuff is just riding the hype. Blade Runner for example was too big of a task; it's bland and relies too much on aesthetics instead of delivering the story. I'm unimpressed by the way he turned the movie into a cheap action flick with the cheap cameo reveal and the flat acting. C'mon Denis… November 12, 2017 Reply Alexander Seidmann Love you work! Thank you for doing it!!! December 28, 2017 Reply PotterPointFilms Channel Criswell What are your thoughts on Denis' latest film Blade Runner 2049? January 11, 2018 Reply Very Fast Hemingway Style February 2, 2018 Reply Kevin Acevedo Please the music at the end which is it? February 26, 2018 Reply GROOVYEG Does anyone know if Aaron Guzikowski help on set after the script was sold or was he responsible for any edits to the script after selling? If someone knows id really appreciate an answer ^.^ cus google'd and no answers March 11, 2018 Reply AKNetworkEdit Its not a zoom its a close push. Great video by the way, love your work. March 13, 2018 Reply Asa Gartland What is the film at 6:35? – Think it may be prisoners but can't remember March 14, 2018 Reply Duff Harris Please do Bela Tarr. March 24, 2018 Reply leo cardistry Simplicity is a puzzle of complexity March 31, 2018 Reply Kenderick Mills I would love to work with him one day I'm trying get my degree in cinema arts, working on becoming a cinematographer and storytelling. May 15, 2018 Reply Punko Regarto Which movie is the B/W footage from? June 20, 2018 Reply Jack Dolah He's up there with NOLAN July 1, 2018 Reply DENALI -TONE you are the best July 16, 2018 Reply Amiya Nath Please add subtitles August 28, 2018 Reply pulak sardar Just beautiful.hypnotic…thanks very much. August 29, 2018 Reply Jeffrey Taylor Is it possible that Denis' evolving sense of framing has something to do with his collaboration with more sophisticated cinematographers? October 31, 2018 Reply Autisticus Asperganoid Imperious! November 26, 2018 Reply John Payne I love your analysis on his films but there was a one thing in the conclusion that bothered me, specifically the expanding on the idea of moral relativity and the phrase, "We must craft our own morality". This is a very bold statement to make that has quite a few implicit ideas attached to it that I think need to be reviewed before making such a statement. While morality is relative by definition because everything can be interpreted in an infinite manner of ways, this does not mean that we as conscious beings necessarily create our own morality based off pure observation. There is a a transcendent morality that has, over the course of evolution, become a core part of our brain function. This emergent value system used to create our interpretations of the observed world is quite finite and essential in order to build a functional society with any kind of longevity. So while you CAN craft your own morality, that doesn't mean that what you have crafted has any kind of utility in the social environment. So what I'm getting at is the clarification that what Dennis Villeneuve is actually exploring in his films, is more the gray area of this emergent reality and the breaking of it inside unstable social environments, as well as pushing the limits of the established functioning morality, rather than the implied statement that "Morality is relative, question everything" because if that held the entirety of truth, than his films would have no moral dilemma because there would be by definition, no rules for the characters to be rationalizing against, and the moral choices could not be considered "questionable" because every interpretation would actually be relevant under those terms. December 7, 2018 Reply Caleb Cameron I am using Denis Villeneuve as the director of choose in my media essay about auteurs, and watching this video makes me feel dumb and idiotic with my conclusions and ideas. March 5, 2019 Reply Liam Carroll Incredible video essay! Great stuff. Much like a Villeneuve film, it seems you've somehow answered a whole collection of different critical aspects to story and filmmaking in the one single clip. Love ya work March 11, 2019 Reply quietastronaut "We're shown the fragility of the human mind when we lose sight of what we know because of our obsession with seeking the truth." Really hits the nail on the head somehow… It's kind of rare to find proper quality content on youtube these days but this is definitely it. Consider me a new subscriber. March 23, 2019 Reply Viggo Koch Denis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan are my favourite directors. March 27, 2019 Reply Amadeus Akreveus Where is that violin soundtrack at the end from? May 26, 2019 Reply DeepFried Wat3rMel0n I'm anxious when watching this, praying that he doesnt show the final scene of Enemy. November 25, 2019 Reply Tiffany Clark- Grove Great director. November 27, 2019 Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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