The Only Ones Left

Laura Parnes

2007 | 00:06:25 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Crime or Violence, Family, Installation, Mental Landscape, Portrait

The Only Ones Left (three-channel video installation*), featuring actor Jim Fletcher, weaves film noir and mafia genre references with CEO diatribes, while also exposing the conventions of the feature film climax. The three channels of video depict all plot points of the Hollywood film climax concurrently. The channels are arranged chronologically from left to right. This simultaneity draws attention to the familiarity of the subject matter and the inevitability of the violent consequences awaiting the characters. Central to the installation is a confrontation that pits brother against brother, as the gangsters must attack and kill their own in accordance with the code of "honor". As will all the Godfathers, the main character is willing to resort to violence in the face of significant risk of catastrophe (self-destruction and the destruction of the family). Further, his decisions are perfectly rational within the framework of his prevailing ideology and the institutions that embody it.

*This is a single-channel version available for screening rental or educational purchase. For inquiries regarding three-channel installation version, please contact us.

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Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, 2011