What is this film, Six Degrees of Separation really about? Or moreover, who is this film about? At first glance, one might say that this film, ÃÂSix Degrees of SeparationÃÂ (written by John Guare) is simply the story of a black American young man who cons his way into the lives of a rich and (over) privileged white family in the bitterly separatist world of an art immersed New York apartment block.
The film starts, indeed with this attitude towards Paul, and Flan and Ousia Kittredge ÃÂ a simple, even overrated intrusion by a black con artist. Delving a little further, the idea of racism emerges perhaps.
One recurring theme in the film is the idea of ÃÂChaos and ControlÃÂ, the Kandinsky. The painting is at first displaying the ÃÂcontrolledÃÂ side of the canvas ÃÂ it makes you wonder how often the KittredgeÃÂs actually flip the painting to the ÃÂchaoticÃÂ side.
However, when Paul walks into their lives, the painting does get flipped, the KittredgeÃÂs ordered, structured, controlled world turned chaotically upside down. The audience can see these changes as the film progresses ÃÂ in the original play, the Kandinsky was not removed from the stage and in various scenes the painting was flipped to comply with the mood of the Kittredge's.
As the movie progresses we see a recurring theme, that of the idea of Six Degrees of Separation, the idea first put forward in 1929 by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy. This concept states that the social distances are indeed much smaller than we think ÃÂ the idea that there stands only six people between you and the rest of the world ÃÂ ÃÂa friend of a friendÃÂ, six times over. Three, seemingly unrelated parents meet, brought together by Paul, and as is revealed later in...