20.1.09

Talkies Tuesday #2 - THE FALL


The Fall
i will say, in writing, that this is my absolute most favorite film ever.
yep. i said it. it is that incredible.

its magical, how can i describe it?
it follows the story of a man named Roy who has been severely hurt in more than one way. set in 1915, Roy is a stunt artist for a film in LA. he is severely injured in a stunt with a horse, at the same time, his girlfriend runs off with the movie's leading man. he is set on killing himself. but a little Romanian girl, Alexandria, who is also in the hospital befriends him. and he begins to tell her a story.
the entire movie goes in and out of the actual space of the story being told in the hospital, and the imaginary world that Roy and Alexandria adventure through together. as the story progresses, one slowly sees reality and story telling becoming one.
it is incredible.
the story itself is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. there are adventures and mysteries, touching moments (i cried a couple times when i first saw it) and triumph. it is a great movie for everyone. maybe not kids... but everyone above the age of 14.
the visuals are absolutely stunning. they don't use any green screens. it is shot in over two dozen countries! the director, Tarsem, supposedly took seventeen years to scout out the locations for the film. obviously. each scene is mind blowingly beautiful.
the costumes are perfect.
the actors are ALL wonderful. Lee Pace kind of became my biggest actor crush after this film, along with Pushing Daisies and Ms Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
and the theme song is Beethoven's: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92: II. Allegretto.
it is an incredibly moving piece. my friends Booker and Katie and i got to see it played by the Seattle Symphony. ah, amazing.
how could so much magnificence all be compiled into one movie?










3 comments:

obsessed with moss said...

Incredible film, so glad we saw it on the big screen!

Schlaeps said...

Stunning movie. I loved every minute of it. It's a pity that it doesn't look like the Golden Globes / Oscars will be honoring it with even a nomination much less a win.

andrewfuncrew said...

i would be content to watch this movie on mute.
-andrew mercer