Topic: Brickfilm of the Week: The Artist (Mar 27, 2015)
This week’s Brickfilm of the Week is The Artist by Mirko Horstmann.
Instead of looking outward toward the wide world, many films turn inward to examine the process of filmmaking, artistry and creativity. The Artist, by Mirko Horstmann and released in 2007, is one of those films. This quiet film follows the struggle of a sculptor attempting to get into an art gallery, and probably resonates with any creative person who’s had to deal with trying to get their artwork accepted. The Artist won Best Film in Steinerei 2007 (a German brickfilm film festival) and first place in a Brickfilms.com contest simply known as the TTC Contest (a contest designed to promote the Theora video codec). Mirko Horstmann was a well-known German member of Brickfilms.com, and also made a few other brickfilms, including Greedy Bricks and The Fisherman and his Wife.
SPOILERY DISCUSSION BELOW!
The story of The Artist seems to the be a fairly simple one: an artist wants to get into a gallery, but each work of art he produces is rejected until he makes something that everyone likes, and he is applauded. However, I can’t help but see a darker interpretation to the story. I see an artist who is forced to compromise their artistic vision and churns out what the world wants to see, instead of what the artist wants to make, in order to get the recognition the artist craves. Perhaps I am reading too much into The Artist. But I think that’s the beauty of this short film: in only a few minutes, Mirko Horstmann has told a timeless story that offers depth and insight and possibilities for a wide range of interpretations.
What are your thoughts on The Artist? What did you like about it? How did you interpret the story? Did you have a favorite moment?