I'll admit that I haven't seen director Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain ... yet. I am, however, very excited about seeing it because of his previous work on films like Pi and Requiem for a Dream, and because all the buzz seems to indicate this film is definitely worth seeing. That said, some of you may have already seen it and might have questions or are otherwise confused about the film in some way. Or, you may want a little primer to aid in your understanding when you do eventually see it.

No matter if you already saw The Fountain or plan to do so in the future, a recent article form the New York Times will hopefully help you interpret, comprehend or answer some of your questions about the film. The biggest problem with The Fountain, according to the article, is how to understand a film, which is sort of a love story about time travel and a man's eternal quest to save his wife's life, that even its writer/director describes as a puzzle? "You have to pay attention; everything is a clue for later," said Aronofsky in the article, "You always hear that people want to see something different. Then you give them something different, and they don't know how to deal with it.

The article then goes on to explain that in an unusual move, Aronofsky sent his screenplay to a group of artists, many known for their work in comic books and graphic novels, for their help in interpreting his film and explaining it to audiences. He did this because, according to the director, The Fountain is similar in many ways to the structure of a graphic novel. "The first 60 pages, you don't really know what's going on, but then it starts to focus. I think a lot of the artists responded to that," said Aronofsky in the article.

So, what was the result when these artists attempted to interpret and explain his film? Eleven different visions of what the movie is all about. The studio will use the illustrations created by these artists to promote The Fountain on the film's official website until its release on November 22. But thanks to me (and the New York Times) you can see them now. To be honest, I looked at them and I don't know if they helped me or not. They were definitely unusual and well done but as an aid in understanding the film -- I just don't know. Maybe they'll do better for some of you. Either way, do you think this kind of thing helps when promoting a film or is it pretty much a waste of time?
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