The Fall

What the hell is it with The Fall? This is a glorious movie, made all the way back in 2006. It had David Fincher and Spike Jonze behind it (‘presented by’). It stars Lee Pace (from ‘Pushing Daisies‘) in a welcome dramatic role. It scores 8.0 on IMDB. But it isn’t available in Australia. It has apparently appeared on the screen in a few film festivals here, but not widely. This is a movie just waiting to make a few hundred thousand dollars for the DVD/Blu-ray distributor that releases it.

I purchased my copy from Amazon UK, where things are really cheap at the moment when bought in Australian dollars.

It is about Pace’s character, an invalid, spinning a fantastic story to a young girl, herself injured. The interaction between the two — always in the cramped confines of his hospital bed — that are the most extraordinary parts in my view. This is the girl:

Always with her arm in that nasty plaster cast. Pace, strung out, tells his story:

And every shot therein is breathakingly beautiful:

With the number of long shots, Blu-ray treatment is vital:

Twice, now, I’ve put this movie on ‘just want to show you the opening sequence’, which is black and white, super slow motion, choreographed to Beethoven’s 7th, 2nd Movement, and found that we still had it going a half hour later.

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One Response to The Fall

  1. Chris says:

    I’m glad to see you enjoyed it since I definitely found it to be a uniquely visually striking and quite enjoyable film. A shame that it essentially slipped completely under the radar even with some critical acclaim on its delayed theatrical release. I believe it barely grossed over $20 million worldwide.

    According to IMDb, Tarsem Singh has a couple of projects in production including the Greek-mythology inspired action-fantasy “Immortals” for 2011 and a possible Westworld remake for 2012 (?!). At any rate, I am very curious to see what he comes up with next since The Fall seemed to me a major step forward from The Cell – keeping the amazing visual style, but actually having the substance of a touching story to back it up. It would truly be a shame for such a talented and visionary filmmaker to disappear into complete obscurity.

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