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The Return of the Real Aesthetic: Friday The 13th 3D (1982)

Posted by Charles Reece, January 31, 2009 04:54pm | Post a Comment
The quarrel over realism in art stems from a misunderstanding, from a confusion between the aesthetic and the psychological; between true realism, the need that is to give significant expression to the world both concretely and in its essence and the pseudorealism of a deception aimed at fooling the eye (or for that matter the mind); a pseudorealism content in other words with illusory appearances. -- André Bazin, The Ontology of the Photographic Image

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[Please note: Ontological Enhancement Device (OCE) is required for the proper reception of the life-enhancing images that follow. Click on images for full lifeworld experience.]

If kids played baseball on the street, this is what it would look like:

friday the 13th 3d baseball

Or if housewives watched TV, this is what it would look like:

friday the 13th 3D housewife

I'm told that smoking reefer is something akin to the following:

friday the 13th 3d joint smoking
friday the 13th hippies pot

Before September 28, 1987 -- when the holodeck went online -- kids used to do this:

friday the 13th 3d juggling
friday the 13th 3d yoyo

I always felt the problem with Max Ophüls was that his objects lay dormant on the screen:

friday the 13th 3d couple
friday the 13th 3d truck on bridge
friday the 13th 3d books
Did Robert Bresson ever achieve this level of realism?

friday the 13th jason kills with cleaver
friday the 13th 3d boy victim
friday the 13th 3d hippie electrocuted

Jean Renoir
is famous for using depth of field, but he's "quadrophonic" vinyl compared to the 5.1 surround of the following:

friday the 13th jason kills housewife
friday the 13th biker chick killed
friday the 13th biker dude killed
friday the 13th 3d poker killing
friday the 13th 3d stabbing

These are animals:

friday the 13th 3d dead ferret
friday the 13th 3d dead rabbitfriday the 13th 3d ratfriday the 13th 3d snake

Realism or surrealism?

friday the 13th 3d old man with eyeball
friday the 13th 3d eyeball head squishing
friday the 13th 3d eyeball spear

Now you see it, now you don't:

friday the 13th 3d fist chain
friday the 13th 3d severed hand

Supernatural Serial Killers: They're Just Like Us.

They take an axe to head, but keep on coming with a machete:

friday the 13th 3d jason machete

Books hurt them:

friday the 13th 3d jason books axe

They hang from rope:

friday the 13th 3d jason hanging

They get stuck in traffic:

friday the 13th 3d jason choking

They fall down:

friday the 13th 3d jason

They enter through windows to get the girls they love:

friday the 13th 3d jason window

They look like their parents:

friday the 13th 3d jason face
friday the 13th 3d jason mother

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