Calendar- You can’t escape your past.

In Calendar a married couple takes a trip to their homeland of Armenia.  They decide to take photographs in front of the beautiful churches in the area. There they take a tour guided by their taxi driver whom can only speak the language his wife is able to speak. This situation causes the driver and his wife to interact and bond increasingly. This makes the photographer very jealous and suspicious.

Though he manages to print 12 beautiful photographs, his marriage falls apart during the trip.  The audience now views the photographer in his lonely state.  He misses his wife truly and is haunted by the memories of their past and that specific trip where he lost his wife to the driver.  We know this because we are repeatedly shown different instances of memory from his trip. It seems as though the photographer cannot stop thinking about that time because he is trying to figure out what went wrong and how the marriage failed. However I feel like the wife was losing interest in him before this trip because they are constantly arguing in the beginning. The photographer’s jealously and uninterested behavior toward his wife only compelled her to take more interest in the driver.  In the present we see the photographer desperately try to find romance with a different person each month.  He stages the same date with each girl and they all end the same way, each woman is told to make an erotically charged phone call but instead of being interested in them the photographer ends up recounting another memory of his wife. He seems unable to find the perfect replacement until one November when he is meets a beautiful Armenian woman whom he seems to like.  But just as they begin to talk and learn more about one another, his estranged wife calls him and explains why she left him.

Wilson, E.. (2010). DESIRE AND TECHNOLOGY: AN INTERVIEW WITH ATOM EGOYAN. Film Quarterly, 64(1), 29-37.  Retrieved April 26, 2011, from Research Library.

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Egoyans Calendar

In this film its about a man who has ruined his relationship with his wife because of all of his hard work and dedication to his career as a photographer this man tries his best to try and get back into the dating scene by hooking up with women and having meanless dates. The main character is drowned with the sorrow and the regrets of his past; he continously watches old movies of him and his wife on a trip and then realizes how she try so hard to be happy for him and he ends up completely ignoring her.

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Egoyan’s Calendar

In Atom Egoyan’s 1993 film Calendar a photographer from Canada goes to Armenia to take pictures of old churches to put into a calendar. He brings along his wife as a translator because their guide, Ashot, only speaks the native Armenian language. The film is very segmented or chapter like with each picture of the calendar serving as an individual memory in the form of “video installations”. The home videos that the photographer takes I believe do a more convincing job serving as his memories. It seems he longs to relive the time before his marriage crumbled by reviewing the tapes. But I don’t think it really works because he cannot deny his present state of loneliness no matter how much he looks into the past. And the man that took his wife away is in most of the shots as well, which conflicts with the happiness he is looking for in the tapes. Egoyan does a good job of incorporating digital media into the film itself to help emphasize his point of loss, nostalgia, and longing.
Wilson, Emma. “Desire and Technology: An Interview with Atom Egoyan” Film Quarterly. University of California Press, 2010. Web. 2 May 2011

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The movie Calendar, is mainly about a professional photographer who keeps having this reoccuring memory of when he went on a trip to Armenia with his wife. In the trip it is not implied but we assume that his marriage falls apart when he ends ups talking in the present about his failed marriage. also, throughout the movie we see that he goes on several “staged” dates that we the audience don’t find out till the end when the girls keep going to make phone calls and he finally tells them to stop and that’s enough, and another thing they all are foreign. The only reason i can think of for that is that they remind him of his trip that failed his marriage, i think all of the date scenes were very funny even though they seem to behave the same outcome. overall the movie is very simple because there is not very any movement, it only takes place in a few places and keeps flashing back to the memory and going back to the present. he always mentions that he has kids but you never see them. i guess the most the most important thing about the movie is the trip he went through that he filmed with a camera and it is shown in our eyes as a recording.

Nelson, Tollof. “Passing time in intercultural cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011

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Atom Egoyan’s Calendar(1993)

(1993), directed by Atom Egoyan, was a very interesting film to watch. The director stars in his own film about a photographer searching for love after his marriage falls apart. The film is pretty simple in which there are only three main settings where the story takes place; the dinning room, Armenia, and the photographer’s answering machine. The film is clearly about memory and the passage of time, hence the title Calendar. Throughout the film, a calendar is shown going through the months and showing the event or memory that occurred that day. The answering machine also plays an important role in the movie in which it sits by the calendar and old messages left by his ex-wife are played. In a way, it seems that objects are telling the viewer what is happening with this couple, in which it leads us through the film and the passage of time.  Also, it was interesting to watch some of the footage being shot with a video camera. It made the film look more like a documentary at times, a definitely more real. Some shots were pretty simple, like the ones in the dinning room. The camera was just at a front angle with no movement, and it stayed in the same position for every scene. Overall, this film was very entertaining, simple, and humorous at times.


Nelson, Tollof. “Passing time in intercultural cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011

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Calendar film response

Despite the ambuigity of the film throughout the film. it portrays itself to the audience in a particular form returning to its central idea. Its format and camera style illustrates a certain style. The camera being seen in third person showing complete awareness of a situation. However, the camera gives the feeling of isolation as the protagonist seperates itself from its plot. However, its detachment from the plot at certain times moving at a certain pace helping to show isolation within the film. The author rewinding and pausing the film helps to show a form of control of time and space, manipulated by memory. Shown through the camera which sees the events through the eyes of the protagonist. Calendar an exploration of how film is able to explore memory through the ideal and action of experience and memory, certain article agrees the form calendar intends to show memoy. Ultimately, Calendar is a film description of how memory through the perception of a person charectierize a certain ideal moment.

– Nelson, Tollof. “Passing time in intercultural cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011

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The Calendar

The Calendar by Atom Egoyan is a very interesting film. It is not filmed consecutively like most films but rather in jumbled segments and flashbacks. The movie takes place in Canada in 1993 but the majority of the film consists of footage that a photographer took when he and his wife went to Armenia. On the trip the wife falls for the guide that they hired which eventually leads the couple to split. Between each showing of footage the photographer is seen with dates which seem to follow the same formula each time. Later on in the film you realize that all of these women are escorts that he hired. He is probably trying to reenact conversations that he and his wife used to have in order to remember her. Whenever the shot of the calendar is seen a flashback from Armenia is shown. This could be past dates that these events happened. He could be associating specific dates with specific events. The film wasn’t bad but rather hard to follow. Once you watched a decent amount and put pieces of the big picture together it started to make more sense.

Imaginary Images: An Examination of Atom Egoyan’s Films

Peter Harcourt

Film Quarterly

Vol. 48, No. 3 (Spring, 1995), pp. 2-14

Published by: University of California Press

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The Memories of a Lost Love

The Calendar is a film about a photographer that goes on a trip with his wife to Armenia to discuss with a tour guider about the specific churches in this country. During these recordings of the churches begin discussed we slowly watched how the wife’s relationship with the photographer fall apart. His wife is also the translator for the tour guider since he only speaks a certain language that the wife knows. So as the recordings go on we see the wife and the photographer constantly argue on how recording is suppose to be. At first they follow through but eventually he gets angry and fed up with the connection he sees with his wife and tour guide as they whisper and laugh at something comical. He slowly sees the intimacy level of them two grow and he eventually just kicks them out the frame of the chruches and start taking pictures. Also throughout the film we see an aftermath where he hires a bunch of woman to have a date with him and talk about various things that can identify the memories of his wife’s personality. To see if any of the women match his wife. He also sends the women to talk on the phone as he takes on notes on how each women acts.  Eventually by the end of the film he realizes that he has lost his wife and that she will never return and no one will replace her or her memories. Basically, that she is one unique soul. That’s the only great interpretation or meaning of the film really has. I really didn’t like this film at all because it was very boring and constantly repetitiveand not entertaining enough for me. But I do understand the irony of it and understand the concept of it which it explains in a great way that couldn’t be done in another. So in life we are stuck with what we want or can’t get. That we must cherish those fond memories of our lost love ones. Each person is unique and it would never be the same because each person is different and can never be replaceable. So once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

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Film Repsonse: Calendar (’93)

Atom Egoyan’s Calendar is a 1993 drama film that tells the story of a photographer and his attempt to find the love that he has lost, with a interesting twist thrown in.

In Calendar, a photographer is sent to Armenia where, along with his wife and tour guide, Ashot, are to take pictures of various churches for a calendar. While on the trip, the photographers wife starts to fall in love with the tour guide Ashot, eventually leading husband and wife to separate.

Heartbroken, the photographer returns back home. Unable to be without his wife, and here’s the twist I found interesting, he begins hiring women to talk to him on the phone in hopes that maybe one will sound like his wife and he can relive his memories with her. He uses his photographs to bring everything that he’s lost back to life.

The film is shot in documentary style with little to almost no characters. But the characters that did make an impact in the film, were inanimate. Moments he captured on film, and the photos he used for the calendar all played an important part in this story of love and loss.

To be complete honest, I found this to be one of the more entertaining and interesting films we’ve watched this semester. The simplicity of the story, the theme of heartbreak and longing and memories, was acted out beautiful by things that aren’t real, which made the movie fascinating. Time that he lost with his wife were giving back to him throughout the film with the help of just simple photos. Beautiful!!

Additional research:

Nelson, Tollof. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011. <>.

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In Calendar, directed by Atom Egoyan we see the photographer reliving several moments of his life, through different devices, such as the calendar, videotape, photographs and dates. The story is told from only three locations: In Armenia, in the photographer’s dining room, and by the photographer’s answering machine. The photographer’s answering machine sits beside the Armenian calendar, which marks the passage of time throughout the movie. The calendar on the wall changes, but how much of this is part of the photographer’s ritual of recovery isn’t known. His wife calls at the beginning to say she’s received the calendar, and at the end to say she’s taking it down. Throughout the film he has dates in his home and it is revealed on the last date that these dates were all staged. The dates were set up prior and there was a pattern, they would eat, converse, and the woman would excuse herself and use the phone. This was his way of finding a woman who sounded like his wife. I truthfully find it a little weird that he’s having “staged dates” but this is his own way of reliving the memories of his dates with his wife. What’s been lost is both place and time. In the end he still lost his wife and she isn’t returning and that’s why his reminiscing on past memories of places and times. Memory and recording succeeded these memories.

Nelson, Tollof. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 3 May 2011.

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Film Response 5/2

I think that the photographer is attempting to analyze his actions as well as the actions of others. Also, in my opinion he is holding on to his past or what pieces of it he still can without trying to rekindle what he has already lost. The photographer in this film has lost his wife, with whom on the trip taking photos of churches grew tired of him for he had no real experience visiting the churches of his country of origin, Armenia. So after all he lost his wife, and also lost an opportunity to connect with the place his family is from. The memory and constant looking back, reflecting on his experience fails these memories, the film conveys such a strong emotion of loss that both the photographer and his wife suffered. The photographers constant aim of hiring women to talk on a phone in a language that he cant understand, as if he is paying someone to make him feel uncomfortable because when he reviews the films of their time in Armenia it seems as if the photographer does not feel uncomfortable, or feels guilty for not having any interest in the history of these churches, like Tollof Nelson said, “However, neither the photographer nor the commercial agency on behalf of whom he acts is interested in the kind of “semiotic healing” that may result from the magical or fetishistic materiality of the cliché-images themselves”(tollof nelson) that he was too focused and distracted by his work that now when the calendar has been published the memories haunt him. They haunt him in such a way that he is able to feel perhaps the way that he should’ve at the moment and not after the fact of the trip.

Tollof  Nelson. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema: The Exilic Experience of the Time-Passer in Atom Egoyan’s Calendar (1993).” SUB-STANCE. 2005: 129-144. Print.

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Film Response #4: Calendar

This movie deals with loss and memory. Since the photographer has lost his wife all he has left are his memories of her.

It starts off with him and his wife taking to  a trip Armenia to gather pictures for a Calendar. She tries to connect with him there but he doesn’t see it. So his wife soon falls in love with their driver/tour guide and the photographer loses his wife to him. He tries to find love with other women and uses them to try and relive his memories of his wife. Through the images on the calendar and pictures he has taken his memory rewinds to the days he had with her. By recording these moments is helpful for him to remember, without these images it would be almost impossible. He has lost time and space along with his wife. The use of memory in this movie is very important because throughout the entire film he is trying to revive those memories and make them real again.

In Tollof Nelson’s article he states “No longer lost to memory, these material fragments of the world remain—in the medium of their passing—and they continue to exhibit the very ephemeral [short] nature of their passing.” Meaning the only thing that remains are these photos and without them he just has a lost memory. He also states “Atom Egoyan’s feature-film Calendar (1993) dramatizes these differences as it interrogates and experiments with the time-pieces of cultural memory, identity, and tradition in an age in which the social practice of the imagination is itself “played out” and “commodified” in the global flows of nostalgia and fantasy.”  I found this quote to be very useful because all of the images throughout the movie started to become “played out” and he would soon be left with nothing,  you can look at a photo a million times but you can never actually relive the moment.

I found this movie to be a lot more interesting than the others we have watched in class. It was easier to understand what was going on and follow the movie. I enjoyed the scenary and the photos taken, but it did begin to get a little boring because it seemed too repetitive.


Nelson, Tollof. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema:.” Muse. Substance, 2005. Web. 2 May 2011. <>.

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Week 1: The Exorcist

                 For the first written blog for this class, there was a tough choice of movies to pick to write a blog about. I looked at the lists of movies several times, and even looked on netflix to review several of the choices. I eventually chose one of the most commonly and popular movies known movie from the 1970’s.

                 On December 26th, 1973, The Exorcist was released in threaters throughout the United States. The movie, The Exorcist is a film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book, The Exorcist released in 1971. The Exorcist is normally labeled with the tag of “The Greatest horror movie of all time.” There are many arguments for the fact that it is and I am sure there are reasons for why it is not, “The Greatest Horror Movie Ever.” The Exorcist was the highest grossing horror movie right after its release in 1973.

                  The Exorcist is about a young girl who is possessed by the devil and must have an exorcism performed on her to release the demon within her. While these exorcisms are performed on this young girl, the two main priest deal with their own problems along with the problems of dealing with the devil that controls the body of this young girl.

                 The Exorcist is a great movie…I do understand the arguments for and against, the so called label of “The Greatest Horror Movie Ever.” Nowadays there are many horror movies that stand out, but where would they be without, “The Exorcist?” Honestly! The Exorcist is an iconic movie that has spread throughout sequels and even ideas for other horror movies. The present day horror movies do not live up to 1973’s The Exorcist. Just look throughout the list of movies that The Exorcist has influenced or been mentioned in! For a movie in the 1970’s, The Exorcist is the greatest horror movie for that time, and was also the top grossing movie of all-time (before Jaws came out the following year,

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Week 2: Daisies

This weeks blog is either on The Red and The White made in 1967 by Miklos Jancso, who wrote this film and directed it or Daisies, a Czech film released in 1966, written and directed by Vera Chytilova. Both Films where released in Europe with positive and even some negative reviews.
The film, Daisies is about two young girls, Marie I (Ivana Karbanova) and Marie II (Jitka Cerhova), and they believe that the world around them is “Spoiled” and agree that they as well should be that way as well. The two girls then do whatever they plan, and are very destructive throughout the film. They try and rebel against the world with odd pranks throughout the film.

The film itself is a very odd film. It seems to have a story but at the same time, it is very unorganized as it jumps from one thing to the next, especially with no explanation sometimes. The film in the past was looked at as innovated and something new and rebellious. Now it just seems as though someone with a camera filmed two young girls high on something. I did happen to like the color(s) and the camera angles throughout the film and I also found it to be weird at moments but somewhat entertaining.

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4th response

In regards to the argument that the film Calender uses “memory” as a thematic and cinematic tool,  I will point out a few of these devices in the following response. Throughout the film, the protagonist is fumbling through different memories having to do with his former wife. The use of photography and home video allows for memories to be freshly brought to mind. I seems that every month and photo in correspondence to that month sparks a particular memory in which he is trying to re-live or remember. The protagonist also sets up a series of dates with “escorts,”where it seems he is trying to relive a previous encounter with his wife. At first when i was watching this film i had no idea that theses were in fact staged dates, but after class discussion it all fell into place and made sense. It seems that this man is very uneasy about his current life and is questioning himself and the choices he previously made that drove his marriage into the ground.

I personally enjoyed this film because it really gave a historical architecture lesson of Armenia along with the subtle hidden elements that indeed trigger memory or past life. I knew while watching that there was a bigger theme than what i was grasping, but after discussion it was very easy to understand. This is for sure a film worth watching a second time.

Brian Fairchild

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Calendar (1993)

To begin, Calendar (1993) filmed by Atom Egoyan is a story of a photographer and his wife traveling around Armenia taking pictures of different churches for a calendar. This gives to the audience a lovely look at a foreign country but also creates a dimension of spirituality and timelessness. As suggested by Egoyan in a later interview about the film “For the Armenian people, churches have a strong significance because they suggest timelessness…. They are icons.” This can be seen in the film with the repeated times that he is with women in the restaurant, after the separation with his wife, and the same events tend to happen that is that they converse, drink some wine and later she stands to leave the table in order to use a phone and speaks in a foreign language. This seems to be a consistence here just as the churches are for the Armenians. This leads to the viewer to acknowledge that a sense of looking for one’s self or rather understanding where they come from is an important element. The photographer being of Armenian descent seems more occupied with his work instead of enjoying the scenery with his wife and the locals. His wife seems to be more in tune with the people there for she ends up leaving her husband because of their driver. Overall it was an excellent film that touched upon serious topics.

Works Cited

Imaginary Images: An Examination of Atom Egoyan’s Films,Peter Harcourt,Film Quarterly Vol. 48, No. 3 (Spring, 1995), pp. 11, University of California Press.<>

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The film Calendar was a very interesting film.  The whole film is shot in about 3 areas:  the outdoors with old churches, the date scenes, and the answering machine.  In the film, the main character is a photographer whose wife has left him.  He loses her and dines with other women trying to find the woman that most resembles his wife.  He is obviously trying to fill that void in his heart with somebody else, but he doesn’t really seem interested until that last woman who resembled his wife.  During his dates, he talk, but after he pours wine, the date excuses herself to go use the telephone.  We eventually find out that this was set-up.  I wasn’t clear on what the reason was.  He would start jotting things down on his notebook so I believe that he was evaluating them while they were on the phone.  Then he goes back to his past where he is taking pictures in Armenia taking pictures with his wife and translator.  They all seem to be in a happy state and have a great time by making jokes, but his wife eventually leaves him for the translator.  Each month shows a new picture on the calendar during the answering machine scenes and each month brings a new memory of his time in Armenia.

Therefore, he was missing his wife and tried replacing her with other woman.  His vivid memories of Armenia are brought back every month.  This film was interesting and was different from the previous films we have watched.  Going back and forth in time can get confusing in films, but in this film you eventually get what is happening and that’s a relief.  Finally a movie that I get!

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Blog Response #4:Calendar

Calendar, a somewhat humerous yet monotonous film directed and starring Atom Egoyan, is essential to the perceptions of what memory can provide to us through several technological avenues, such as videotape and photography. The theme in this film, is how he uses photography and videotape to address and bring back the memories of him and his wife, who has since left him, in a completely inordinate fashion. Egoyan’s motive is for the film to be out of order, and leave the viewer searching for their own interpretation or meaning, as we do not know much about the length of time that seperates these “dates” and recordings, which makes for an  ambiguous timeline. I feel in this instance Atom has lost his relationship with his wife, but its weird because she calls him and asks for him to contact her. I think he misses the times he has spent with her, which is why he arranges these dates. Its always good to have video of good memories just because when you watch them, you can transcend to that very instance of your life and remember you were happy at that very moment. I believe Egoyan uses these devices to bring him back to when he was with his wife, a much happier time for him, while he is on these staged dates because everytime the date uses the phone, he starts to reminisce of times with his wife, where he really wishes he was.

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In class we have seen a few different films emphasizing the issues of memory and time and Atom Egoyan’s film, Calendar, is no different. In this film, a photographer relives various events and situations through the use of old footage from his trip with his wife to Armenia and also through the various photographs he has captured and a series of staged “dates” with various women escorts. At a specific moment during the date, the woman would ask to use the phone and excuse herself. This would lead the photographer to reminisce about a certain event or memory he has with his ex-wife while in Armenia. I believe this is his way of trying to piece together his marriage while trying to examine the exact moment where things went wrong, ending his marriage. Although the memories seem to be scattered and there is no specific order, the audience can clearly understand that the photographer is reminiscing about different dates and times because of the ever present calendar on the wall. The manner in which the film is shot also aids to the audience’s understanding of the way things are unraveling. When the photographer reminisces about Armenia, the camera is shot in first person so the audience connects with him and it is as if we are in his head, seeing what he is seeing, feeling what he is feeling. However, although the photographs on the calendar help him remember certain elements and events, the emotions and feelings one receives is more defined memory than in a photograph. Although a photograph may visually depict how a certain place or event looked like, it is your memory of that moment that makes the instance special. A person’s experience and mental imagery along with the visual photograph is what makes a memory three dimensional.

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Calendar is 1993 film by Atom Egoyan and the last screening in class. Like most of the recent films that we have been watching, the theme has to do with time and memory.A photographer is sent to Armenia to take pictures of churches for a calendar. He slowly begins to realise that his wife, an Armenian translator, is falling in love with their driver and unofficial guide, Ashot. They grow more and more distant from each other and finally separate. Later, at his home in Toronto, he uses an escort service to invite a number of women to dinner, finally settling on the one who looks and sounds most like his wife. The photographers wife helped him to connect to the Armenian land which he was photographing.  without his wife he tries to connect with Armenia by dating other women, but because these women are not his wife he is unable to connect with the Armenian homeland. By meeting different women and connecting the similarities with his wife and them, he is able to connect bits and pieces of his past in Armenia.

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In Aton Egoyan’s film Calendar, the main character, a photographer, deals with memory and time. He was sent to Armenia to take pictures of churches for a calendar. He slowly loses his wife to the taxi driver over this trip. Back at home, he tries to replay a moment in his life with his wife. The film in an interspersion of clips from the trip to Armenia, moments with escorts trying to replay his life with his wife, and images of the calendar as time progresses. As time passes, memory tends to become fainter and less distinct in our minds. The same effect is displayed in the film as the clips of the trip become fuzzier, played backwards, repeated, etcetera. Although calendars are the most cliché representation of the passage of time, this film brought about some personal memories. Calendars have always found a very important place in history. For example, the history of the Jewish people clearly shows that the calendar system was a very important device in the unification of the Jewish community. “Indeed, even the weekly observance of the holy day of the Sabbath for a people fated to a life of continuous exodus and exile, was central to the construction of their identity in time and by time.” As a member of that community today, I can attest to the truth of this statement. But I never thought that it would ever come up in connection with a film like Calendar. Calendar produces a collage calendar made of photographs and videos. This type of calendar is exactly like a true memory because the replay of the past, or the commemoration of a memory is never like the initial event. But the memory “must be re-lived and acted as the blurred life of the fast-forward or the rewind functions of his video machine.” So Egoyan may have confused the heck out of me but he also taught me something about my heritage and about how, despite the cliché, calendars truly represent the passing of time in their regularity and their circularity.

Works Cited:

Nelson, Tollof. “Passing Time in Intercultural Cinema: The Exilic Experience of the Time-Passer in Atom Egoyan’s Calendar (1993).” SubStance 34.1 (2005): 129-44. Print.

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Atom Egoyan’s film, Calendar, is uniquely shaped around the topic of memory in comparison to other films regarding the same subject that we have viewed in class. The film involves a photographer taking place in the present staging a failed date with his ex-wife with several different escorts. Each date would ask to use the phone at some point which would lead to the photographer remembering an event with his ex-wife leading up to his failed marriage. All the memories were from a trip in which they went with a tour guide to film different locations for a calendar. These memories were his form of closure as to why his marriage failed. He seemed to be trying to piece together the vacation and to figure out where everything went wrong. He is remembering a being that is now lost, but the memories will stay with him forever, and apparently can be haunting to ones mental health. Memory is an extremely important tool, but can be a burden if used/functioned the wrong way. Something so terrible, if forgotten, isn’t so terrible anymore, because the mental effects of what has happened are far greater than any physical pain. There are events or objects that people with they could forget, but specific memories flood their brain. The physicality of anything can disapear in an instant, but the memory can be held forever. The time spent with his wife was lost, but the memories, once again will remain forever. To take a look at this in a metaphorical way, i believe Egoyan is trying to portray that memory is beyond anything that can logically make sense. Memory can not be understood, nor can it be controlled. People wish they could forget things all the time, as well as remembering. Memory will always serve an a significant tool in the way our species evolves, but will always be a burden to those who will be haunted by the memory of something horrible for the rest of their lives..

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Film Response 4: Calendar

The film Calendar is interesting and in a way organized in how we get all these different scenes yet we are able to follow through what the problem/ story behind these scenes is. Atom Egoyan directs and stars in this film in which an Armenian photographer reveals moments of his life by having been documented on a video camera and photographs to make a calendar in Armenia with his ex wife. He gives his feelings and thoughts on what was happening during the trip along with the tour guide and basically tells that he was feeling lonely through the trip.  The only specific thing that I find sort of confusing is when all the dates ask to use the phone and carry on a conversation while he writes down notes based on the picture on the calendar that is next to the phone, it is later that I find out that “with every date, he puts the women through the paces, asking them to make sexually charged phone calls to others.” I like how the film interacts with the viewer in that it seems as if the audience is inside the head of the photographer and how the use of imagery and shot angles is used to connect the photographs in the calendar with the shots of film he took during the trip. I also like how he would rewind shots of his wife and we get that he misses her and is finding it hard to move on.

Sources: Calendar

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Memories address the concept of time and space. The Mirror and Sans Soleil all use film form to produce essays on the intersection of time and space and how the cinema’s plasticity can be used to remember, forget, and even project what’s happened. In Calender the memories go back to dates on a calender and specific events that happened.  The recording of the memories succeeds because it helps the audience remember what happened since the sequences are out of chronological order.  This fails because the calender dates help the main character remember all the times he failed in his life.  That is very interesting because it reveals misleading information about the main character.

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Calendar-Week 4

Calendar (1993)-Atom Egoyan
          The recent movie watched in class before the break, was Atom Egoyan’s 1993 film, Calendar. This movie fits in well with all the other movies that we have been watching throughout the semester, all seeming to have an Indie-Movie type film and different ways of filming and shooting films. Both these things are very interesting, but I find the way that these films we have watched in class, especially this one, have great camera views and shots. This film only has a few different locations but Atom Egoyan makes these locations stand out with different camera angles and different types of shots. A shot that I liked that Atom Egoyan used, was during the scene while taking a photo of one of the churches for the calendar, Egoyan is taking a photo of the church while the translator and his wife speak to each other. Egoyan shoots the photo of the church, while the camera shots from behind him from a distance. The movie has different camera views and it is one of the most creative movies that we have watched this semester with camera views.


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