Szonja Szabo’s ‘TUNE’ – Review

Smash and Grab Theft
The action or crime of stealing.

In Szonja Szabo‘s short-film “TUNE,”

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.” – Marquis de Sade

I can’t say I completely agree with the Marquis, but there is something to his quote. In Tune, there are a series of ‘talent’ theft that occurs. Each occurrence could be referenced or may vary based a viewer’s experience with any form of theft via any outlet. In the short-film, we see an individual filming a blind street performer as he plays a catchy tune on a  keyboard.  Soon, he is antagonized by two women–then a man, who steals his camcorder containing the tune of the blind musician.

Thereafter, the thief profits from the sale of the stolen video camera and its contents. As a “benefit,” a disappointed housewife hears the tune, and from there, the intellectual property of the original artists takes on a new life, and bring new circumstances surrounding the addictive hymn. The tune plays on through different situations in the film until it evolves into a #1 hit and in the end, leaving the originator to only to be mocked, while others stand to profit from our blind musician’s inspired creativity.

Tune is an independent production that utilized a collective of creative efforts. Director Szonja Szabo, without a producer and without money, managed to somehow film Tune through the generosity of her friends, and members of her crew. Not only is the film brilliantly captured, each scene–each intimate drama fueled moment lead into the unspoken, underlying theme of the film–theft, and serves as a quaint metaphor of just how a simple tune–an inspired melody–emotionally guides everyone it comes in contact with. The question that remains here is this:  should its conception–author, continue to go unappreciated?

Szabo’s short-film can be interpreted many ways. I see it, as an ability to understand and appreciate a collective of ideas and inspiration, as long as we always find a  way, to always give back.

Enjoy ‘Tune.’ An independent short-film by Szonja Szabo, and her crew. 

Source: Szonja Szabo

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In Szonja Szabo's short-film 'TUNE,' visualizes a poignant example about theft of intellectual property--as inspiration.

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