Watch: Video Essay on Social Anthropology in Darren Aronofsky Films

February 7, 2014
Source: Way Too Indie

Darren Aronofsky

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.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Well, aside from Requiem (which was fine but just not within my particular taste), I have loved every one of his films so far... The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan are among the most memorable movies I've seen in the last 10 years. So Aronofsky's track record is about the only good reason the see Noah. The film looks terrible, and frankly it is being marketed as a typical action flick - despite the abundance of CGI, I am not seeing any truly striking imagery (something which Aronofsky usually does very well). I can't say I was ever excited for Noah due to the fact that I'm not particularly fond of religious-based stories... but I was eager to seeing what he would bring to the project as director. It's not looking good so far.

Guest on Feb 7, 2014


Oh, THE WRESTLER. Such a tremendous little film. Such an emotionally draining film. Rourke has and will never be better.

DAVIDPD on Feb 9, 2014

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