Watch: Video Essay on Social Anthropology in Darren Aronofsky Films
It's no secret that despite being a massive form of entertainment, many of the films that stand the test of time have substance with a story and themes that resonate throughout various sects of humanity and culture. Many of the Best Picture winners and nominees are perfect examples of films that are representative of our culture at any given time. Now a video essay from Way Too Indie takes the time to dive into the films of Darren Aronofsky (using only clips from his films) and what Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan and the forthcoming Noah points to in the realm of social anthropology. It's a pretty fascinating reading of his work, especially since it's all within the films.
Here's Social Anthropology in the Narratives of Darren Aronofsky from Way Too Indie:
Way Too Indie points out that Aronofsky actually majored in film and social anthropology and observes: "Each of his films follows a visual mapping that demonstrates the anthropological study of cultural continuity; they depict rituals (the drug use in Requiem, the spectator sport of Wrestler), symbolic behaviors (the time traveling of Fountain, the repeating paradigms and motifs in Pi), gender relations (Black Swan) and resurgent religiosity (Noah)." I don't know about you, but this makes me want to go back and watch all of Aronofsky's films, and I'm eagerly anticipating what he does with the Biblical tale Noah.