The Many Colors of Tarsem Singh's The Fall
As Alex rightly pointed out back in February, the trailer for The Fall doesn't exactly lend much to understanding the film's story. Likewise, the stills Cinematical brings us today are equally confounding. But do we really need to understand what's going on? The Fall is directed Tarsem Singh, the seemingly low-frequency mastermind behind The Cell from 2000. Plot and acting aside, the visuals in that film were positively spectacular. From what we're seeing of Fall, it looks like we're in for another mind-bending exploration of the visual.
The Fall was filmed over a period of four years and in 24 different countries. It's official description sheds a little light on what we're seeing in this pre-release material. "In a hospital a little girl with a broken collar bone meets a bedridden man who starts telling her a fantastical story which reflects his state of mind. As time goes by fiction and reality start to intertwine in this uplifting epic fantasy."
Actually, pre-release is a bit incorrect. While the film makes an official release on May 9th, The Fall premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006. Why has it taken so long to reach the public? Apparently, early criticism wasn't very kind. Thankfully, two important people did like it. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) are "presenting" the film to limited domestic audiences. Fincher described his impression of the film as being, "what would've happened if Andrei Tarkovsky had made The Wizard of Oz."
I honestly can't wait for this to come out. I've grown pretty fond of the lead, Lee Pace, through his work in "Pushing Daisies," and am amazed at what Tarsem is able to conjure. Interestingly, the guy doesn't actually produce much. This is his first big project since The Cell. Talk about a rare treat.
Tarsem is unapologetically pragmatic, too. "Money makes accountants happy. But I didn't want to end up an old guy, sitting around talking about the movie I never got to make." He financed this project himself, so I hope folks go out to see it. The project's artfulness, the director's sensibility and the general idea of supporting something truly creative should be enough to motivate the masses. I certainly hope so.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
I'm really looking forward to this movie as well. Like you said about the downfalls of The Cell, I still liked the movie in a macabre sort of way.
Nate on Mar 26, 2008
I would watch the movie for that last picture alone. Either way, I've been planning to watch this since the trailer appeared. Gotta save money for all those May movies.
Alfredo on Mar 26, 2008
Wow. beautiful images.
cyn on Mar 27, 2008
i wanna see this so bad. please please come to my city. or at least go to dvd faster for me!!!
sarah on Mar 27, 2008
Hey Kevin, I just saw The Fall at a screening for the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival two days ago and I'm sorry to say it was a disappointment. Eventhough this movie does have some of the most stunning visuals I have ever seen, it still fails to deliver because of the fact that Tarsem is only concerned with the visual look of the film and forgets everything else that makes for a good movie, like for instance acting and dialogue. The Cinematography is nothing short of stunning, but because the movie in the end has no soul there's an eerie emptiness about it in spite of all the visual imagery. Aside fom that, the homo-eroticism is even way more over the top than in 300 so it does make for quite a few good unintended laughs. But still, it leaves you thinknig what a great movie this could have been if they would have gotten a film director instead of a director of tv-commercials, and let Tarsem stick to the cinematography instead.
Jules on Mar 27, 2008
Looks to me like this dude's reaction to having seen "The Cremaster Cycle". Which I can almost guarantee will be better. (Sorry, you probably won't be able to rent it at the video store. But it's a pretty important film, by any standards...)
Djo Rock on Mar 27, 2008
I've enjoyed Tarsem's work since his Deep Forest music video. Great stuff!
Brendan on Apr 12, 2009
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