415. Life in a Tin – Bruno Bozzetto


SUMMARY: A condensed depiction of one man’s entire life.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bruno Bozzetto’s ‘Life in a Tin’ is part of a minimalist duo of films the director made in 1967, the other being the super-minimalist sketch ‘Two Castles’. ‘Life in a Tin’ examines the entire lifespan of a man from his birth to his death. This is mostly depicted through pans between buildings accompanied by sound effects symbolising times of the day like the end of work or waking up. The effect is to pare back the depiction of life to something as minimalist as the animation itself. ‘Life in a Tin’ may sound like a depressing idea but it also includes snatches of moments when life seems wonderful, symbolised by a sudden slowing down of pace, woozy music and the arrival of bright flowers which disappear the minute the man is jarred back into his reality. The implication seems to be that there is little time to stop and smell the flowers in life and it’s all a big, frenzied and ultimately pointless endeavour but to watch ‘Life in a Tin’ is to experience more. The lovingly-made short seems to have an appreciation for life even as it ridicules it. After all, when you readjust a lifetime to fit the timeframe provided here, those happy moments last longer than they seem to here.


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