Dir: Adam Rosenberg /USA/2009
An eerie stop motion short from American filmmaker Adam Rosenberg, argued to be very similar to a short called Crooked Rot from David Firth, but as much as it had a similar creepy feeling to it, the message and sentiment is entirely different. The film starts out with an innocent looking mannequin head. Nothing too strange about that. Then a peculiar $1 appears and all hell breaks lose
y personal take on the film is that a person no matter how innocent can become corrupted by money and greed and that in turn it does indeed change a person dramatically. As soon as the money appears “Manny” changes in order to pursue it, the dollar gets ingested and goes up in smoke possibly an indication to how long the wealth lasts. The head is emptied and the mouth silenced, the Manny has now become a slave to the wage, one of the mindless single voiced consumers, as soon as the money is gone the “Manny” changes again, wanting to speak out it gets engulfed in flames.. The poor rarely have a voice..
It’s a cold and unnerving tale that could be interpreted in many ways. This is obviously just my take on it, obviously a great favourite as it’s dark accompanied by uneasy soundtrack and made me think Adam seems to have a lot of black humor about him and an impressive catalogue of work under his belt already, someone to look out for, although don’t expect too much like this, as the style had changed dramatically but still very surreal.