The Fall (2006) is a visual masterpiece by director Tarsem Singh
I only discovered this movie existed after discussing the incredible scenes composed within the sci fi dark fantasy movie The Cell (2000). My friend, Gothic horror writer Thomas David Parker grinned with the delight of introducing (and infecting) my mind with this beautiful story, where every scene is perfectly framed and presented like a stunning painting. Tarsem Singh simply in his element. A small god at play in the laps of man, woman and child.
Listen to this as you read…
Symphony No. 7 by Ludwig van Beethoven, which he himself described as possibly one of his best works. I have not been able to get this piece out of my head since watching the movie The Fall (2006) in which it features heavily. The symphony premiered in Vienna 8th December 1813, with Beethoven conducting at a charity concert for wounded soldiers. In his address to the audience Beethoven said: “We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us.”
Apt, because the movie itself deals with individuals wounded physically and psychologically. Languishing in a hospital on the outskirts of Los Angeles, stuntman Roy Walker (Lee Pace) is broken in more ways than one. It’s the 1920s, crippled after a movie stunt goes wrong, Roy Walker wants nothing more that to go to sleep and never wake up. He befriends a young child who is there with a broken arm, and uses epic stories of fantasy and imagination to get her to help him fulfill his final desire.
The movie flips between fantasy, as told to the young child Alexandria – and the harsh reality of the stuntman unable to walk – or work – again, and determined to find a way to escape. The fantasy sees five unlikely heroes brought together by the cruelty of the Governor Odious, setting out on a mission, or rather, seeking a meaning to their existence.
Lee Pace delivers a wonderful performance as the blunt instrument of revenge, the masked bandit but also the metaphor of the movie – hidden intent and determination regardless of the consequences.
Below, a lone figure cast upon the striking desert dune landscape – this is iconic of his style and a hallmark of Tarsem Singh.
Their opposition. Dark soldiers of Governor Odious. Visually stunning allegorical story-telling.
The movie seamlessly blends fantasy and reality, technology and geography in a story of personal loss, revenge and private redemption.
PRODUCTION (links via IMDB)
- Googly Films
- Absolute Entertainment (II)
- Deep Films
- Networxx – Film Management (in association with)
- Radical Media
- Tree Top Films Inc.
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If you like epic stories with bold visuals, drama and potent characters, you may enjoy the post-apocalyptic thriller Dog Eat Dog.
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