Has Lindsay Lohan even heard of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona [you’ll recognize the above still from an article I posted back in January] or Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt? Sure, co-directors Richard Phillips and Taylor Steele of this new short film (if you can call it that) titled “Lindsay Lohan” have seen them and drew inspiration from them for this short, but the idea of passing Lohan off as some sort of art film muse sort of pains me.
I’ll admit, the film by painter Richard Phillips is very pretty, but is anyone taking this perennial bad girl serious at all?
The short will be featured at the Venice Film Festival in something called “Commercial Break” where it will be played on a giant Jumbotron along the Grand Canal in Venice. Meanwhile, Lohan is under house arrest after pleading no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace. Classy.
You can read more about the short in New York Times’ T Magazine right here where Phillips says, “What fascinates me about Lindsay are not her problems but the way she embodies an eminence on the level of a Bardot [star of Contempt] or an Ullmann [star of Persona]… She’s a combination of the fantastic and the real, which is what makes her so magnetic. She can also bring forward an existential presence that speaks to the isolated self.”