Vtape co-presents the Toronto premiere screening of Barry Doupé’s The Colors That Combine To Make White Are Important with Pleasure Dome on January 18 at 7:30pm at Cinecycle, and hosts the artist talk January 19 at 1pm.
The Colors That Combine To Make White Are Important (119 minutes, 2012 video) explores the power structure within a failing Japanese glass factory. Doupé’s characters rapidly evolve through three distinct acts, subverting the dominant archetypes and corporate hierarchies in the Japanese salaryman genre to examine language, art and expression. Alluding to the office comedy 9 to 5 (1980), Yasujiro Ozu’s staid, heartwarming Good Morning (1959) and Luchino Visconti’s sexually-charged finale in Death in Venice (1971), Colors… shifts between cultural reference points, flattening them out into a dialogue of desperate, over-reaching thoughts and searching inquiries about nature, love, mortality and consciousness.
Still credit: The Colors That Combine To Make White Are Important, Barry Doupé.