==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====Since the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, thousands of fans have argued and speculated aboutcertain elements of the musicians life. Journalists, music snobs and fans of alternative music allfeel that they have to weight in on the Cobain debate to even call themselves knowledgeableabout music history. For years, film students and general lovers of cinema abstained courteouslyfrom this debate, because, they probably felt that if they were not fans of Nirvana or music ingeneral, their opinion had no place in an arena where Cobain enthusiasts were willing to bleed fortheir beliefs. This all immediately changed when director Gus Van Sant made a movie about KurtCobains death that was both factual and artistic.In 2005, director Gus Van Sant created a movie about the last living days of a tortured musiciannamed Blake before he commits suicide. The film is simply called "Last Days". Van Sant, knownfor his obscure references, nebulous plots and long, drawn out cinematography clearly intendedfor Blake to be Kurt Cobain since the conception of his idea. Michael Pitt, the actor that portraysBlake, has an uncanny likeness to Cobain and acts in an identical fashion. Everything about thefilm parallels Cobains life, from the Pacific Northwest setting to the circle of enabling wannabeesthat leech off the rockstars money and talent. Van Sants unique directing style tends to spins thelines of atmosphere, reality and feeling into a web of organized confusion, thus creating anexpertly crafted, layered film. Gus Van Sant chose to interweave reality and fiction all whilecreating a new mythos around Cobains death by exploring the notions of the classic story tellingtechniques, sujet and fabula.In the beginning scenes of the movie Blake mumbles through the forest. He camps overnight,lights a fire and sings songs until morning breaks. He then returns to his current place of livingwhere his freeloading friends are asleep. While theyre sleeping, Blake unearths a box of goodiesin the front yard, brings them inside and makes Cocoa Crispies. Asia Argentos character, hiplynamed "Asia", rises from sleep, walks around the house without pants then opens a door whereshe finds an unconscious Blake slumped against the doorway wearing a dress. They rest of the"day" in the film plays out in the typical fashion of how Cobain probably spent one of his last days:full of mumbling, drugs, shuffling and interactions with people that are so devoid of sincerity thattheir conversations border on painful trivial delirium. The aforementioned series of events is anexample of the fabula of the film. Fabula means the actual order of events that transpired either inreal life or in the vision of the fictional story. In the case of "Last Days", the fabula is a little of bothfact and fiction. The fabula of the rest of the film follows a similar droll until Blake commits suicide.The audience would probably get tired of watching grungy teenage junkie artist cliches meanderaround all day then sleep with each other at night. Van Sant saturates this film with peculiarcoincidences that occur during and only during the twisted time frame that he so intricately woveinto the fabula to keep it from faltering into tedium. This technique can be explored easier whenthe sujit of the film is understood.
The sujit of the film manifest when the director; in this case, Van Sant, arranges the actual eventsof the film to bring light to the underlying meaning that he intentionally injected into the plot. Thesujet of the film can be understood while viewing a few keyscenes.Towards the beginning of the film, around the second scene, Asia Argento awakes, walksdownstairs, and opens a door to be knocked in the shins by an unconscious Blake. Shortly afterthis scene, Blake wanders around in a following scene wearing a black dress on; he then sitsdown in one of the houses main rooms. His stomach bothers him and he falls against thedoorway. Asia then opens the door and Blake falls on her. Now, doubting that this sequence ofevents happened twice, the audience is inclined to believe that some sort of significance is placedon this event because it occurred twice. When the audience views the rest of the film, they will seethat sequences like the one above happen frequently, so trusting their judgment, they now knowthat the repetition of events from other characters perspectives helps the underlying meaning ortheme of the story manifest into a noticeable entity thus placing importance on every scene thatbuilds up to the big picture. That is how the sujit of this particular film works.It shows that Blake lives in his own world, completely separate from the rest of his crew and therest of civilization. There are many moments in the movie where Blakes friends talk to thedisaffected rockstar for many grueling minutes and all he grants them is a weak grunt. His life hasbecome such a drugged and depressed tedium that he leaves conversations when his friends arein midsentence and only plays music when no one can listen. He even blatantly ignores amaternal figure in his life, Kim Gordon, when she pleads that he leaves the hellish house with herimmediately in a car she has waiting outside. The characters in this film could only be devices setin place to propel the sujit because they have no identity of their own and not a single character islikeable enough to illicit any sort of emotional response from an audience if they were to changefrom the beginning of the film to the end. They are animated stand-ins for important figures in KurtCobains life. Van Sant must have showed Cobains nameless meat puppet friends only to erect amaze of cold distant behavior for the Blake character to navigate until his eventual death. Not eventhe protagonist Blake holds any sort of importance because if the audience didnt know that everyminuscule element of the film was based on the last days of Kurt Cobains life, then would haveprobably not seen the movie in the first the place and if they were sitting down to see the picture,unaware of the hype, they would soon be uninterested shortly into the film. This is not a criticism ofpoor filmmaking or characters, it is a slap on the back and a "great job" to Van Sant for creating afilm that galvanizes fabula and sujit together in a mighty combination by using the events thatoccurred in reality and the fictional depictions of events to amaze the audience because theyreseeing the film with some prior knowledge about the story and the overall life of Cobain. Van Santdoes not insult his viewers by hammering them over the head with his decisions to portray the lastdays in Cobains life as he did on screen. Instead, he compliments them by not being explicit withhis choices so those in the audience that pick up on his devices feel intelligent and well versed,thus raising their overall opinion of the director.Gus Van Sants unique depiction of sujit and fabula allows "Last Days" to shine as both a creativedepiction of Kurt Cobains last living days and as a piece of masterfully crafted artwork thatincludes its audience in such a clever way that it connects with the audience with each additionalviewing.
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