The Making Of Gus Van Sant's Last Days (20m14s). This is a standard behind the scenes documentary with interviews with cast and crew. I watched this with interest as I wanted to try and gain a better understanding of what the last 96 minutes was actually trying to say. I was pleased to discover that at least those involved did see this as film experimentation and that it was more art than film. That had been my interpretation whilst watching the film but I was worried that I was missing something that everyone else could see!
The Long Dolly Shot (8m41s). This shows the technical aspects of making one of the more powerful scenes in the movie where Blake loses himself in his music. The shot was taken from outside the window and the camera is moved away on the dolly - it obviously was more difficult than it sounds as it took many, many takes to get it right. There is also another extra about this same shot, although this time it is a deleted scene (8m05s) this time taken from above Blake's head as he performs the music piece. One for serious fans only.
There is also a music video of “Happy Song” by Pagoda.
You cannot sit on the fence after watching Last Days so although I've tried to read a lot into it and praise Gus Van Sant for trying something different, I must also say that I didn't enjoy it. There is a much bigger argument about cinema as an art form but ultimately I watch a movie for escapism and entertainment - the presentation method used here and the lack of any structure or story did not appeal to me I'm afraid.
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