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