Today is Earth Day. The fortieth annual Earth Day, in fact, where attention turns towards saving our planet and living a greener lifestyle. Unfortunately, that's damned near impossible to get all green and cuddly when it comes to narrative Hollywood. Moviemaking is a big thorn in the environment's side. Beyond the manufactured equipment, there's the mass amounts of power needed to keep things running, the legions of trucks set up for actors and crew, flying folks to and fro, and of course -- innumerable sets that are constructed and torn down soon after. (Not to mention the triple dipping and post-movie product pushing.)

The greenest entertainment, of course, is theater -- especially when said theater takes in only the basics, like the table, two chairs, and two-script set-up for Love Letters, or the minimalist classic that is Our Town. But thinking of Our Town, there's a movie that springs to mind -- Dogville. In 2003, Lars Von Trier grabbed Nicole Kidman, and put her through a chalk outline hell in a small Colorado town where there were no walls and no large sets -- just antique props and chalk outlines on the floor. As far as cinema goes, it's tough to get more green than that.

In a similar vein, there are the films that make use of what's already there, and prefer to sit, barely moving, with no fancy shots and only a location or two. Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre does just that, following a conversation as Richard Linklater would years later, but with even less travel and cinematic fanciness. Dude goes to dinner, sits, and chats with his friend.

Obviously, to go green you have to go indie minimalist. Mainstream Hollywood is too enamored with epic scenery and cinema to ever get very green at all (save the green of Darby O'Gill). So, keeping all of this in mind, what's your favorite "green" movie?
categories Cinematical