Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014)

Memorable for many reasons, almost all of them good. The film’s main achievement and its lasting impression is the visual metaphor in the final scene, in which Neiman transcends the concert and delivers his breakthrough drum solo. During it the camera cuts to the back of the concert hall with Nieman in the distance, and he appears a self-perpetuating explosion, drawing everything around him into his field of gravity: the birth of a star.


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