Lollipop Girls Struggle on the Hard Earth
16mm film at 11 min 42
trailer for the film here
Full of longing for a return to the safety, the
ease, the pretends of childhood, The Lollipop Girls Struggle on the Hard Earth
reminds us that Fantasy organizes our experience of everyday reality and tells
us who we are.
Employing the visual language of ready-to-wear
(fashion) film, a woman finds herself, by choice, in a perfected world,
reminiscent of classic childhood literature. She is an adult, however, and so
her Desire (the memory of the missing thing) includes fantasies of potency she
cannot leave behind.
The transition from childhood into being an adult is
a bridge into a permanent state of temptation from taking responsibility for oneís
pretends. A childís fantasies of adult life and an adultís equally unrealistic
fantasies of oneself, as well as the unrealistic fantasies of what childhood
was are the largest stumbling block. Prince equates personal longing and the
Fantasy of satisfaction with effective advertising. She warns us that cultures
messages about what to aspire to and the way it manipulates Desire to serve
commercial ends, are much more dangerous than the storybooks of childhood.
Fantasies of the imaginary body are difficult to put away on the shelf as what
they hold behind the veil is the awareness of mortality.
Prince creates a bold and evocative space in which
we can imagine and reconstruct the naive, youthful wishes we used to identify
ourselves and to read our world. As children desperate to know about the hidden
world ahead, we accept both the conflict and the confidence offered to us if
only we become an object assigned a value within another's desire: then the
lesson can begin.