In my rookie year as a Short Film Programmer for Cinequest, I had three favorite films. One, not a great movie, Bleach, was one that moved me because it featured a few great actors known from 90210 and Night Court. There was a Seymour Cassel short short comedy that I loved (Custody?) which was one I went back and forth on over and over as to whether it was brilliant or thoroughly flawed.
Then, there was Copy Shop.
Copy Shop is the story of a guy who ends up making photocopies of himself. That's the basic, but it's well more than that. The real impressive stuff is the use of the setting. No dialogue, in black-and-white, the film tells its story on paper. Literally. The paper is a presence in the film, and not only as the setting, full of wrinkles, creases, and smudges, but as the venue. We're brought into Copy Shop in a way that isn't how you would normally present a film. Not unlike Don Herzfeld's Rejected (and various Chuck Jones cartoons) the paper on which the 'drawing' occurs is an important avenue. The different, of course, is that the 'drawing' in Widrich's case is footage, and brilliantly fun footage as well.
The film is great, and the Making of... is also wonderful!
Klaus at Gunpoint
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