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My mother told me to be wary of Fauns.

If I keep adding icons for all the movies we watch in Cinema Appreciation I will run out of space before midterm.

As much as I love silly movies, I'm going to have to create a whole new category in my brain for flat out amazingly beautiful movies - so far it contains The Fall and Pan's Labyrinth. I don't know, but I believe that even without a cinema appreciation class I would have recognized how deep Pan's Labyrinth is. I'm sure I would have caught the fairy tale references, the Wonderland/Oz references, the mythological references. I don't know that I would have caught the dual knives (in the real world/in the magical world), dual keys, dual dining rooms or caught some of the use of color and shape to stir up viewer emotions, but I got that more from the director's commentary than the class discussion.

I cannot rave enough about the artistic beauty of Pan's Labyrinth along with the superb story telling, acting, technical tricks, and Jungian archetypes.

Now I want to go back and rewatch The Fall. Because my memory of it is mostly just "wow, it's really pretty" and "hey, the story's making me cry" - so I want to know if it has all that meta-big-time-thinky stuff in it, too.

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sarahtoalaska
Feb. 1st, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
The guy who directed "The Fall" (Tarsem Singh) also directed "The Cell" and the Music Video for REM's "Losing My Religion". I love "The Cell" for it's imagery. It's actually one of my all time favorites for Imagery. "Losing My Religion" is also one of my all time favorite video's.

I haven't seen "The Fall" yet but it's on my Netflix.
madladyred
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Ah! I haven’t see The Cell yet! I bought a copy but was a little nervous about watching it because it looked kind of scary. I love Vincent D’onofrio (sp), so I wanted to watch it – but he looked like Satan in the pictures!! Since then I heard he might be Pan which is less intimidating to me, LOL! I’m really excited to hear it has gorgeous imagery, too! AND I loved The Fall and Losing My Religion, as well, so that bodes well!!!

I cannot wait to hear your impressions of The Fall!
sarahtoalaska
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
I love "The Cell" but there are parts of it that are kinda scary. I think it's one of D'onofrio best rolls because what I'm use to thinking of as D'onofrio is lost in the roll.

Honestly I've never thought the images you are referring to (him as a satan-like image) could be Pan. Pan is not necessarily an evil creature. He just is who he is. Kinda like a storm. The storm is not evil, it just is. It might cause destruction but there was no real bad intent. The image is suppose to represent the parts of him that are evil or wrong.

The Imagery is absolutely the very best thing about "The Cell". It's just visually stunning. However it's extremely dark and violet. But it's a dark imagery that's difficult to look away from. There is one part toward the end where the screen starts to get... gilded (for lack of a better word) and it makes me want to make a movie to do the same thing.
madladyred
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
I like your description of Pan - in fact, that's pretty much why I'm not afraid of him like I am Satan. I don't have the ability to vocalize this yet - but some of the stuff I've read talks about how Christianity took the images of Pan and used them for images of Satan.
(You know - anything that's "not us" is wrong and demonized.)

I've been afraid to watch the Cell!! I'm still afraid, but more curious. :)

sarahtoalaska
Feb. 4th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
It's well worth the watch, for the imagery alone. Just don't do it alone.

I believe there were a lot of things that were "borrowed" from pagan religions to draw more people into Christianity. Which is why so many holidays match up and the Witnesses don't celebrate the holidays. It was actually very clever.

I guess that being done should bother me, but it doesn't really. In a way it shows how alike we all really are. It does bother me when people get all pissy about Christ being taken out of Christmas, but a lot of that is because I feel like it's rudely possessive of a time that wasn't theirs to begin with. Anyway, all of that to say I wish we really could get along with each other because we are all so much alike. To me the different religions are all separate openings to get into the same house. :)
dracothelizard
Feb. 1st, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Pan's Labyrinth is an amazing film!
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