Still falling for “The Fall”

A tribute to movie making.  A fairytale.   A love story.   A work of art.  A labor of love.

After my 4th viewing of this amazing film, I decided to put it up there with all the timeless romantic classics I’ve purchased,  The Wizard of Oz,  Wuthering Heights, Casablanca, The Time Machine (2 versions) etc. I suggest if you are the least bit interested, watch the film first, don’t read anything about it, then return here.  I’ve included links to other well written reviews and a few other tidbits.

You really must read Roger Ebert’s review. It’s worth some background on the mind-boggling sets and locations, including Tarsem giving an entire city Jodhpur, already “the blue city” – free blue paint in order to enhance the film.

Ebert’s short review and interview with Tarsem: Ebert\’s review

Gorgeous still photos + trailers:

This blog-site did a nice job compiling several  film locations with photos: I was surprised where the hospital was actually located. (L.A.?. nope.)

locations used in The Fall

Good site for a quick visuals ~ screen-shots as well as each costume by award winning Eiko Ishioka. \”The Fall\” costumes

If you google costumes “the fall” you’ll see most of them.

The first time I watched The Fall I had no idea of the storyline, the background, not really seen any images.  In the 1st 20 mintues I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.  And after “she” spoke, Alexandria that is, I was in love. Tarsem basically took an unknown and naturally gifted child, who didn’t speak English – but let her tell the story. She narrates the way a child would in broken English. The sheer perfection of this is the most poignant element of this film.

Roy was broken in more ways than just physically. Alexandria was broken too. Together they weave a beautiful and sometimes painful story and take us along for the journey.

I cry every single time I watch.  And I plan to watch again soon…  I keep finding tidbits that Tarsem has strewn about in this epic tale – a film he made as a gift to himself and the world.

One of the treasures of the film is the sound of the dialog by Catinca Untaru. We understand every word, but she sounds as if she’s inventing them as utters them.” ~ Tarsem


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