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Joy Street1995

  • 4.0
A masterpiece, JOY STREET captures a woman's journey from suicidal despair to personal renewal, with the help of an unlikely spirit guide.

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A very moving animated short, Joy Street begins with a woman sitting smoking and drinking at a table. She is a wreck and in a squalid environment. We do not know if this is a temporary binge set off by circumstances or whether she lives this way permanently. I don't want to give any more plot away, but wanted to note how I appreciated Pitt's animation here in the way she presented the figures as though they were real people being filmed before a camera. Rapid reverse angle perspectives, jump cuts, dissolves... These create distancing as well as a heightened sense of suspense or alienation. I also really appreciated Joy Street's jazz score.

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A very moving animated short, Joy Street begins with a woman sitting smoking and drinking at a table. She is a wreck and in a squalid environment. We do not know if this is a temporary binge set off by circumstances or whether she lives this way permanently. I don't want to give any more plot away, but wanted to note how I appreciated Pitt's animation here in the way she presented the figures as though they were real people being filmed before a camera. Rapid reverse angle perspectives, jump cuts, dissolves... These create distancing as well as a heightened sense of suspense or alienation. I also really appreciated Joy Street's jazz score.

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Wow. Beautiful. Really impressive. I love the use of sound and music. The animation really delivers you into another world.

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3.5 the mouse saves the day!!!

I was impressed by the animation. The color/composition was a bit all over the place but its style speaks true of the time period in which it was made. It felt a bit too much like a pretentious student film.

Cute animation and cute little story.

Visually entertaining. Great story-telling without the use of speech.

Joy Street is a much simpler, and straight forward film that Pitt's Asparagus; but in terms of animation, it's just as creative and visually simulating. There's such a flare for color and creative impulses here, I can't help but be enthralled. Pitt has also gone for a pretty streamlined story here, as opposed to Asparagus. Her use of still frames, and stilted imagery really brings an air of alienation with our character, and her hazy disconnected visuals build some great visual story telling with our characters state of mind, and place. Really a fantastic piece.

But, once again, I couldn't tell you if Pitt has any real meaning with half of the images we're presented with in this film. We get foxes running on logs, we get small horses running around on lily pads--am I missing something? Is there some meaning that's slipping over my head with these images? I've always been drawn to abstract, and I think visually Pitt is a very interesting film maker; I'm just not sure if I'm missing what she is saying in these pieces, or perhaps her aim is simply to create beautifully crafted abstract mood pieces. If the latter is the case, she does a hell of a job with it. That's just less my cup of tea, as opposed to art pieces with a little thoughtful meaning buried beneath the surface. Anyway, just my two cents. Oh! And that Jazz score was great! Check it out, if you like beautiful abstract imagery.

Masterful.