“Multiple Exposures” (dir. Matt Hoyle, 2013, 1:13)
Last year, Funny Or Die posted a Matt Hoyle short starring Robin Williams that now serves as a fitting tribute to the beloved comedian, who died yesterday. Shot in grainy black-and-white, Hoyle’s “Multiple Exposures” mostly consists of a still shot of a photo booth, while on the soundtrack Williams does about a dozen of his vocal impressions simultaneously—from a surfer dude to a baby to various foreigners. Then the pictures snap, Williams emerges, and looks at the prints, which show him with the same blank expression, eight times over. It’s a quick, true representation of who Williams was a performer: a man capable of holding a deep, almost frightening stillness on-screen, contrasted with the multitude of zany, loving caricatures that warred inside his head, anxious to be let out. Here, through the magic of multi-tracking, Hoyle is able to do on film what Williams couldn’t on-stage: release all his personas at once.
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