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Date: Jan 01 2000


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As the world watched live on television, 2 students at Columbine HS in Littleton Colorado, brutally attacked their fellow-students and teachers. The film Elephant is a chilling movie which looks deeper into the lives of troubled teens like these. Winner of the Golden Palm at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Elephant is not a cookie-cutter Hollywood movie. Gus van Saint, it’s creator uses a variety of creative cinematographic techniques to create the mood and feelings which would bring an individual to such extremes.


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Stephanie:  Hey have you seen that movie Elephant?

Beth:  No…I think I heard something about it…aren’t there some famous actors in it?

Stephanie:  Actually, I don’t think that there are any famous actors in it, but the director is pretty famous.

Beth:  Who directed it?

Stephanie:  Gus Van Saint…have you heard of him?

Beth:  Oh yeah, he’s awesome!

Stephanie:  Yeah it won some awards. Um…it won the Palm d’Or at Cannes.

Beth:  Wow…what was the film about?

Stephanie:  It was kind of about high school violence…I dunno...you lived in Colorado right? Do you remember Columbine?

Beth:  I do remember hearing about it. Is there some relevance between that incident and the movie?

Stephanie:  Yes there is some relevance there. Actually the movie is kind of based on that story

Beth:  Oh wow, I didn’t realize that.



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I waited it see Elephant until it came out on video. Do you usually rent movies or see them on the big screen? Are there certain types of movies that you prefer to watch at the theatre?
See you at the movies!


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