I’ve been watching all these great shorts by my favorite director Hal Hartley that someone recently posted (illegally?) on you tube. I had actually never seen Opera No. 1 (1994) before today. I have somewhat mixed feelings on the piece. While I love the music and the visuals, the story is a little bit *meh* and gets kind of confusing half way through. However, it is chocked full of endearing Hal Hartley-isms (repeated dialogue, the breaking of the “fourth wall”, early 90’s hair) and features some of my favorite members of his rotating cast of actors.
If you haven’t seen his feature films yet (I recomend films “Trust”, “The Unbelievable Truth”, “Amateur”, and “Flirt”) and live in Portland, they have most of them at Movie Madness on SE Belmont.