798. KaBoom! – PES

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SUMMARY: Images of war are created using toys, ribbons, bauble and other household objects.

WHY IT’S HERE: An early film from PES, ‘KaBoom!’ is another extremely short and inventive scene in which household objects stand in for other things. What makes ‘KaBoom!’ particularly memorable is its theme of war, in which explosions are represented by ribbons and baubles, the incongruous mix of candy-coloured celebratory articles and massive destruction making for an uncomfortably memorable image. PES’s use of toy clown heads here is particularly unexpected and the brevity of the piece makes its impact even more resonant, capturing the sudden, unnerving feeling of unexpected destruction and the confusion inspired by panic.

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