The Fall ( 2006 )
The Fall, a movie directed by Tarsem Singh.
I never do a post simply about a movie. But I like it so much. I need it to be on my blog.
" A Little Blessing In Disguise "
The story is set in 1920s Los Angeles. A little girl, Alexandria played by Catinca Untaru, is recovering from her broken arm in a hospital. One day she meet an injured stunt man, Roy Walker played by Lee Pace. Soon they become friends and Roy tell her a story about 6 mythical character. These 6 men come from different backgrounds but all have a same goal -- to kill the evil governor, Odious.
The whole movie do not have many dialogues. But these are enough to make me smile and cry. There are a number of humorous interludes from the start till the end. One of the funny scene is surely the swimming elephant. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE ( with the tone of Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris ) ! I am really impressed by the imagination of this movie. How come they can think that! -- it is what I think when I was watching. Besides, starting from the middle part, tears kept coming out off my eyes. In the few days after watching it, my eyes sometimes got wet just because of thinking about how inspiring, imaginative and impressive it was.
Anyway the movie finely divides the world of imagination and reality. Meanwhile the coherence between the fantasied world and reality is well arranged.
The fantastical and mythical story is so different from what I have watched before. The colours, costumes and backdrops are gorgeous as well. (Tarsem have said that there are no special effects in this movie even its surreal looks! ) The entire movie is so unique, emotive, imaginative and inspiring. In addition it is sad but truly beautiful.
There are so many fantastical stills I want to share so click below to see more.
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Listen to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92
Roy Walker: All right, close your eyes. What do you see?
Roy Walker: Rub them... Can you see the stars?
Roy Walker: It was the natural order of things... all things must die.
Roy Walker : Next was the English naturalist, Charles Darwin. He loved all living things. Creatures, plants... everything alive.
Luigi: [reading from Evelyn's locket] My dearest daughter, never marry for money, fame, power or security. Always follow your heart.
Roy Walker: We're a strange pair, aren't we?
Roy Walker: He (The Black Bandit) can't win. That's because our masked bandit is a coward. Yeah. He never took an oath, he's a fake. He's a liar and a coward.
Alexandria: You're lying.
Roy Walker: No. He had his fingers crossed. He has to die.
Alexandria: I don't believe you.
Roy Walker: There's no happy ending with me.
* One of the significant plot developments - Alexandria's misinterpreting the letter E as the number 3 in a note written by Roy - was derived from an accidental misreading by the 6 year old actress during filming, which the director then realized he could adapt into a clever twist in the story.
* Darwin's monkey "Wallace" is a reference to the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace who independently developed the idea of natural selection. Darwin and Wallace presented the theory together, but due to the publication of "On the Origin of Species" Darwin usually gets sole credit for the theory. The scene on Butterfly Island when Darwin closes Wallace in the sack and says " we.... I have an idea" alludes to him taking sole credit for ideas that were not completely his own.
Quotes & Trivia (*) via IMDb
I really love this movie.