Nietzsche is Dead
 
 
Studio: kos78
 
Review Count: 30
Average Rating: 4.7 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 4 minutes 3 seconds
 
Posted on: May 22, 2006
 
 
Film Description
HOT PICKED! 3rd Place in the 96-hour Guerilla Competition (V3).

"There I was, alive and well, reading my obituary in Time Magazine..."

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Music by Justin R. Durban
Edgen Animations
www.edgen.com

Additional music by Benstudios1991
movies.lionhead.com/studio/benstudios1991

Sunrise by Erik Hardeng
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Cathedral by Guy Dube
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Footsteps by Michael McCloskey
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As a little background, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (born 15 October 1844, died 25 August 1900) was a philosopher whose works achieved significant prominence during the 20th century. His quote "God is Dead" was referenced on the cover of Time magazine on 8 April 1966, and he has since been quoted in numerous songs and other creative works, and his works have been the subject of a great many debates, papers, and books.

Many people have commented on the lack of answers provided by this movie. The short answer is that it is not intended to provide answers. If this movie inspires you, the viewer, to think a little about life and the world around us in a fresh perspective, then it has fulfilled its purpose.

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The genre is listed as Romance, because that is the closest fit that I could find. It is more correctly labelled as Drama, though even that does not quite suit it. Is there a genre for Controversial?
 
Featured Reviews
- markrichardbehenna

Review for the Guerilla Challenge

Story: (2/5) I was a little worried I may have missed something because I found it a bit confusing having no previous knowledge on the subject apart from what was told in the movie and what was told in the description. I think what I was having trouble with is so many subjects are mentioned in such a small scope of time, it was almost overwhelming.

Creativity: (5/5) You seemed to have done your homework on the guy, and philosophy is certainly not a common subject around these parts.

Sound/Music: (5/5) Outstanding music really gave it the edge, I can barely come up with the words to describe it. It was just so captivating and in harmony with the theme the movie was creating, voiceovers were a decent job too.

Editing: (5/5) I could find little wrong, well I rephrase that, I could find nothing noticeably wrong at all. Nice little tricks with the headlines and what seemed like near perfect attention to editing details.

Overall Score (17/20) You�??ve only gone and done it again, another excellent entry into the competition, even with the many great entries we�??ve had I still predict this will likely be in the Top 3.

Posted on May 27, 2006
- sheelba

Reviewing for the 96-hour guerilla filmmaking competition with the theme �??one day, I woke up dead�??

i couldn't wait for this film. i have a passion for philosophy and have enjoyed your previous films (Personally I think Nietzsche contribution to philosophy is much over rated). although this leads to an advantage in some ways in that i enjoy movies with deep meaning I also expect my philosophy to be clear and reasoned.
philosophy is possibly one of the most misused subjects there is. People think that they can put anything under the mantle of philosophy when really the subject is abouit clarity and rigorous thought, it is very simliar to science (if you needed any examples you only have to look at the most important living philosopher Daniel Denett who bases much of his philosophy on the biological world).
what you've tried to do is the philosophical equivalent of explaing the theory of evolution and then defending it all in 4 mins 3 secs.
with this in mind this is my review.

Story: (2/5) A tough one, which I�??ve watched multiple times. The story just had very little coherence and was woefully under-explained for the assumptions it made and the fact that it was non-fiction. God as presented in this is very evasive, he is not a fix it man yet the world would suffer when he is gone (it seems to be suffering enough already supposedly with him). It gives references to Christianity (the one time it was true it didn�??t last for long) after it attacked in one huge sweep the entire church establishment. God is present at parties! Sex, drugs, music I can�??t see God here, what is he just a feeling, a vague emotion, this is a strange God. It touches on too many concepts in one 4mins 3seconds film. The scope is huge and it just doesn�??t cover it all, the concepts come out vague and under-explained. With these statements comes an obligation to explain at least some reasoning behind them.
Creativity: (5/5) a superb and original idea, exceptional use of the brief.
Sound/Music: (5/5) VO�??s fitted the part well; music was fitting for the occasion and added elegantly to the impact of the film.
Editing: (5/5) flawlessly portrayed on-screen
Overall Score: (17/20) brilliant film let down by metaphysical waffle that does not present the subject clearly enough for a non-fiction film. I do though welcome more philosophy onto this site since it is a subject very important to me. Too ambitious for only 96-hours I�??m afraid.

Posted on May 26, 2006
 
Reviews
- Primaer

Hell, still reviewed this movie? I like it alot as all of your movies.

Posted on January 27, 2007
- K4OwnzAll

I am just blown away by your stuff....and I like seeing familiar characters in your films as well! ---Pls consider rating one of my movies, even though I cannot even compare to you! WOW!!!----

Posted on July 16, 2006
- bongoman

This was the most touching and poetic film I have seen on the entire site. It would be nice to get a high-rez copy of that. I love the honesty and frankness of His dialogue most of all, remaining independant of religious persuasion, but being somehow intimately frank. The music was so appropriate to set the mood. Cheers!

Posted on June 22, 2006
- Amateur-Associates

Funny, just as I'm writing this review, there's a little alert giving a warning about strong language or harrassment...

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Plot - 20% - An intriguing and, dare I say, divine story structure. An incredible plot that grabs you and leaves you gasping for air towards the end. It leaves you truly questioning your position in life, and wondering what life would truly be like if you were actually dead.

And, as for genre, I think that Romance might have been a good choice... Horror, possibly, since it is a pretty devastating subject to talk about.

Originality - 10% - How else can I explain this? You've done it, man. You've, by yourself, created a movie that will capture the imagination of every one of us.

Sound Engineering - 10% - There wasn't much sound engineering, except for the types at the opening credits and the quotes.

Music - 10% - The music fit very well with the movie. Good use of JRD's "Light Between Shadows". And the music at the end...

Dialogue - 20% - It was a monologue, and yet it captivated me. The dialogue was the story, and listening to it was like reading a good piece of Tolkien: mesmerizing, hard to describe, and something to listen to is over and over again.

Voice-Overs - 10% - You did all the voice-overs yourself... I'd say you were fighting for a lost cause, and that doing your own VOs isn't a good idea, but I can't, because with you that's as far from the truth as it gets.

Length-Quality Ratio - 10% - The movie wasn't rushed in any way. It was short, yet I was quickly captivated at it, and then I just sort of fell off my chair at the end... It's like climbing a mountain where we live... you scramble quickly up to the top on one side, and then on the other side you fall off a cliff.

Reviewer's Tilt - 10% - I have a couple of extra comments, but not many, because I'm simply too captivated by the movie. I loved the backdrops, and the cathedral set. All the extra details you incorporated into this movie only boosted it more and more.

Overall Rating - 100% - I think that with this release, you've let the world know you're here. You're ready. And you are one heck of a movie maker. The Monday Night series is great, but this...

I'm reviewing this after watching it for the fourth time. Four times. Straight in a row. And I have never been bored. I'll probably watch it several more times as well.

Wonderful. Congrats on making 3rd place in the GFC.

And for all you people who are going to watch this movie: It might not make sense to you the first time, but it grows on you as you watch it over and over again.

All the best for the future,

Amateur-Associates

Posted on June 20, 2006
- Yogurt_King

My god (no pun intended) - a real exposition.

Ironic, entertaining, and as esoteric as its subject; for those that don't read or pay attention to what they read, this film will make no sense. Brilliant.

My only detraction from the film is when it brushes the skids of sentimentality, but again, as its... supposed ... subject, it is meant to confuse and to enlighten simultaneously, as a lock is meant to invite a key.

This is the best film I've seen in some time. With all the hype, I breathed in a deep breath to hear a statement, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the arrow that has soared because the bow was bent back all the further by this culture of the rambling blind.

My hat to you, good sir. Bravo.

- Yogurt King

Posted on June 20, 2006
- OlliEntertainment

Great movie...
Good made..

Film on!!!

Posted on June 18, 2006
- duxy

Your work continues to amaze me Kos, You have some unique skills that no1 can take away, and its because your ideas and thoughts are advanced through slick creation and editing... Your composure was so smooth you allowed the audience to have a real entertaining experiences, and this is just one of the few examples shown- someone who is in the know and what a superb production

Great effort for the 96 hour comp, and deserves credit for the concept, editing, and various characteristics illustrated. Well done!

Posted on June 18, 2006
- mandix

very nice indeed, i have seen this before(the text)"god is dead - nietzsche. nietzsche is dead - God, but i think it was an ok movie, nice made and music was pretty good.

Posted on June 16, 2006
- DONKIE737

Very good, a well deserved third place in the Guerilla Competition.

The story is a tad confusing, but the music, voice acting and scene selection adn transition is excelent. Really well done. I'll give you four stars :)

Posted on June 15, 2006
- TurboGhost

Nietzsche knows the score...

Posted on June 9, 2006
- verguit

Moving the idea was top notch. Action,horror,comedy sometimes can be nothing along side a film like that. Very cool.

Posted on June 9, 2006
- PerfectLibra

Beautiful. All I can say what I liked most was the turn of the knife at the end. Though - it wasn't spiteful - and that's the beauty of it.

Posted on June 9, 2006
- Fulkster

Well done! Great editing. Nice setting of moods with the scene and music selection. (I notice many folks never heard of Nietzsche- ironic, no?) (I've heard of him from quotes; but even I spelled his name wrong on my first try!)

Thanks!

Posted on June 4, 2006
- biggstrek

That was really cool. Well, 'cool' is an odd way to describe it, but it'll do. I quite enjoyed it and want to watch it again. Mainly so I can understand it a bit better, I think. And on a superficial level, I like the metallic typing and credits. But that's minor compared to the movie itself.

I liked it a lot. Well done!

Posted on June 4, 2006
- Dulci

Well-written narrative. And I loved the music choices. A very interesting depiction of God, being more of an everyman.

Posted on June 3, 2006
- baffleboy

I'll keep this short and simple. I liked it. The music and directing were perfect. There really wasn't a plot, nor was it a documentary, nor did it teach me about Nietsche or his philosophy or even his actual impact on society, in general. So I have to ask myself...what IS this movie about? I actually don't have an answer. And yet, I found this to be a somewhat original and interesting film, worthy of watching.

Posted on May 29, 2006
- markrichardbehenna

Review for the Guerilla Challenge

Story: (2/5) I was a little worried I may have missed something because I found it a bit confusing having no previous knowledge on the subject apart from what was told in the movie and what was told in the description. I think what I was having trouble with is so many subjects are mentioned in such a small scope of time, it was almost overwhelming.

Creativity: (5/5) You seemed to have done your homework on the guy, and philosophy is certainly not a common subject around these parts.

Sound/Music: (5/5) Outstanding music really gave it the edge, I can barely come up with the words to describe it. It was just so captivating and in harmony with the theme the movie was creating, voiceovers were a decent job too.

Editing: (5/5) I could find little wrong, well I rephrase that, I could find nothing noticeably wrong at all. Nice little tricks with the headlines and what seemed like near perfect attention to editing details.

Overall Score (17/20) You�??ve only gone and done it again, another excellent entry into the competition, even with the many great entries we�??ve had I still predict this will likely be in the Top 3.

Posted on May 27, 2006
- sheelba

Reviewing for the 96-hour guerilla filmmaking competition with the theme �??one day, I woke up dead�??

i couldn't wait for this film. i have a passion for philosophy and have enjoyed your previous films (Personally I think Nietzsche contribution to philosophy is much over rated). although this leads to an advantage in some ways in that i enjoy movies with deep meaning I also expect my philosophy to be clear and reasoned.
philosophy is possibly one of the most misused subjects there is. People think that they can put anything under the mantle of philosophy when really the subject is abouit clarity and rigorous thought, it is very simliar to science (if you needed any examples you only have to look at the most important living philosopher Daniel Denett who bases much of his philosophy on the biological world).
what you've tried to do is the philosophical equivalent of explaing the theory of evolution and then defending it all in 4 mins 3 secs.
with this in mind this is my review.

Story: (2/5) A tough one, which I�??ve watched multiple times. The story just had very little coherence and was woefully under-explained for the assumptions it made and the fact that it was non-fiction. God as presented in this is very evasive, he is not a fix it man yet the world would suffer when he is gone (it seems to be suffering enough already supposedly with him). It gives references to Christianity (the one time it was true it didn�??t last for long) after it attacked in one huge sweep the entire church establishment. God is present at parties! Sex, drugs, music I can�??t see God here, what is he just a feeling, a vague emotion, this is a strange God. It touches on too many concepts in one 4mins 3seconds film. The scope is huge and it just doesn�??t cover it all, the concepts come out vague and under-explained. With these statements comes an obligation to explain at least some reasoning behind them.
Creativity: (5/5) a superb and original idea, exceptional use of the brief.
Sound/Music: (5/5) VO�??s fitted the part well; music was fitting for the occasion and added elegantly to the impact of the film.
Editing: (5/5) flawlessly portrayed on-screen
Overall Score: (17/20) brilliant film let down by metaphysical waffle that does not present the subject clearly enough for a non-fiction film. I do though welcome more philosophy onto this site since it is a subject very important to me. Too ambitious for only 96-hours I�??m afraid.

Posted on May 26, 2006
- Buccura

A very interesting story with well written dialog. I also really dig the way you did the quotes, that was neat. My only problem is that it kinda didn't really grasp me on what was going on. That may have been the point (And I of all people shouldn't complain about something not making sense ;] ). Its just that it seemed to lack direction a little bit.

Still while not as brilliant as These Three Words, its still a very creative take on the theme and I hope it does well. Good luck!

Posted on May 25, 2006
- kate_lee

I have no doubt in my mind Nietsche has long been dead, in both biological and Nietzschean senses. Except for, ironically, this one most famous quote from him, which I think will survive in the long-lasting public discourse and countless personal inner debates for decades to come. This movie certainly had an intriguing subject, and I am sure the idea appealed to many. Just not for me�?� More than anything else, the fact that God had to come out defending himself and responding to Nietzsche�?� But well, it�??s just me, I guess�?� I do like Kos78�??s movies that often address and direct our attention to critical agendas that we all need to think about if we want to be worthy of what was endowed to our species. And I thank him for that.

Posted on May 25, 2006
- bigboominc

I knew that is was god who was telling the story. but part way thought the movie I was alittle lossed becuase you had him talk as if he had died.
and the people who would talk about him in converstions just didn't work for me.
but god is a big subject.

Posted on May 25, 2006
- decadentpictures

I would like to rate this movie purely based on its movie quality, as mentioned in the description. But this movie is tightly tied to its content, and the quality of it has to come from the strength of its message. I found the message to be a bit muddled, and I couldn't get the connection to Nietszche - except for the fact that he had stated that "God is dead". I'm no expert on Nietszche (I did enjoy his poetry when I was learning German, but purely as poetry), but I had the nagging feeling that there has to be more than that. Wasn't his statement related to the general decline in the European culture during his time? Or is the theme of this movie just the phrase "God is dead" itself, but unrelated to Nietszche's work?

So this movie was interesting but I am left quite puzzled, and not much enlightened.

-sherwinliu
from Decadent Pictures

Posted on May 25, 2006
- Babar23

Fresh, clever, I have not enough word to say that your movie was very enjoyable and simply great!

Posted on May 23, 2006
- benstudios1991

Wow. A truly new and fresh approach on moviemaking. It took me a while to fully comprehend what you were saying, then I was nodding my head. Great work.

Posted on May 22, 2006
- Ninette1

Wow....
I was Totally expecting something else.

This is a Brilliant Movie. Really. It is your Concept more than the moviemaking itself that was impressive to me.

~Ninette1 Studios

Posted on May 22, 2006
- CronicClapper

Well that was great. I really like the idea that the guerilla put out for everyone. This is a great take on the world. And you know how I feel about your VO. You got it across with skill and grace. Very good. The monolouge worked great. I wish you luck in the comp. Oh yeah the music was amazing. Totally fit the scenes and mood. Another great movie from ya KOS.

Posted on May 22, 2006
- alfric

an interesting idea.
i assume it is a discourse on some of nietzsche's writings(not really knowing much about his work.)
but " God is dead " i did know,so the end amused me...
fine use of custom scenes and a well done monolouge..
it intrigued me....nice one.

Posted on May 22, 2006
- Loyd2000

NOW THAT IS A GREAT MOVIE YOU GOT RIGHT THERE! NICE JOB!

Posted on May 22, 2006
- killieboys9985

wow cool film and great backdrops. Nice job on VO's to. Can you review my movie Trap Setters Day Off please.

Posted on May 22, 2006
- MEGA-DEATH

Wow a nice film with great VO two thumbs Up
CHAINSAW/APPROVED

Posted on May 22, 2006