Seven or eight years ago, I watched a short film which has stuck with me. It’s lived on in my subconscious – or put a fire in my belly, if you will – and the music was a huge part of what made it as impactful as it was.
Staying through the credits, I tried to identify the song through the process of elimination, and then I hit up Google at my first opportunity.
Greek for elegy.
Elegy, meaning “to lament”.
…originally referred to any verse written in elegiac couplets and covering a wide range of subject matter (death, love, war). The term also included epitaphs, sad and mournful songs, and commemorative verses. The Latin elegy of ancient Roman literature was most often erotic or mythological in nature. Because of its structural potential for rhetorical effects, the elegiac couplet was also used by both Greek and Roman poets for witty, humorous, and satiric subject matter.
Finding the song enabled me to find the short film which transcribed it forever into my mind and imagination.
“More” is a short film (less than 7 minutes) by Mark Osborne, which depicts a claymation character in a dead-end job who longs for something more. He has a fire inside which drives at him and eats at him and pushes him to finally create a technological breakthrough giving him everything he thinks he wants.
Only at the top, does he realize that what he has is only what he sees and is not what is real.
Without spoiling it anymore, you can probably guess where things lead, but I highly encourage you to watch it for yourself.
If you don’t see strong thematic elements to your daily life, in general, then I owe you an apology.
Over a decade after it was made, “More” still sends me seeking a place to wipe my eyes.
After you watch it, I dare you to lock yourself in, remove distractions, close your eyes, and absorb New Order’s full 17+ minute cut of Elegia.
If you survive that, please feel free to buy me the full version on vinyl.