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Watch: #TBT ‘Requiem for a Dream’ Teaser Shows the Dream Within the Nightmare

Watch: #TBT 'Requiem for a Dream' Teaser Shows the Dream Within the Nightmare

There is one major difference between Darren Aronofsky’s 2000 drug epic “Requiem for a Dream” and its jarring teaser: One is actually easy to watch. Think of the teaser as a pleasing overture to having your mind shaken until your brain oozes out of your ears.

Unlike the trailer, the ethereal intensity of the film in its entirety never truly subsides.

Indeed, Aronofsky stated the main focus of the film was in creating a musical composition, “one that climaxes throughout the film’s runtime.” This relentless crescendo is made possible through a handful of tactics that are also illustrated clearly in the trailer above. While adamant in declaring the film as orchestral, a lot of the feeling of “Requiem” comes from what the director refers to as “hip hop montage.”
You get a feel for this tactic in the teaser, as the pops of a cash register and visions of myriad drug usage cut rapidly away from each other, almost inducing seizure. This style of editing provides the viewer with more than just a story, it puts them square within the dilated iris of a character either desperate for a fix or in the midst of a high. Also of note are the deliberate moments when this style of pacing is not employed. It’s in these moments that a character is going through an inner struggle to resist taking the drug they’re addicted to.
So if, for whatever reason, you love “Requiem for a Dream” but can’t bring yourself to sit through it again, watch the trailer and get all the feelings of a drug-induced whirlwind without the nightmares.

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