Wednesday, January 25, 2012
TNH: MY BACK TO BASICS, DANCING IN THE DARK
first, click on the train tracks of destiny for my back, the canvas upon which the new series rests
THEN, CLICK HERE FOR THE HAUNTING MELODY WHICH BOOK-ENDED THE FILM
DANCER IN THE DARK, have you seen this fine film? thanks to the good folks at netflix, i recently viewed it and i loved it, this movie about '60s washington state, a mother with poor eyesight going blind, trying to prevent her son from enduring the same fate, and that money for the operation which leads to a cop's wished-for death and bjork hung at the gallows, all of this, of course, with intermittent hollywood Big Era musical dance numbers!!! a lot of critics panned it, thought bjork's performance was strange, it was her major acting debut and she had such a hard time of it she vowed never to act again, but then again, when is bjork NOT strange? that's why we adore her. some pointed to the reported feud between her and the brilliant lars von trier, you know the director whose films make depression look cool and stylish, and a fox which proclaims "CHAOS REIGNS", but i saw that as simply two creative giants going at it to produce the best possible project. if you listen to the commentary, lars even goes as far as to say that the ending of the film is more bjork's than his original script. others hated it becuse they just hate bjork, which is fair, but a foreign concept to me. as you all know, it's no secret, i am a hardcore bjork enthusiast and devotee, you may be a fangbanger, but i'm a bjorkbanger, i study and appreciate her manipulation of sounds, and that pixie voice of hers is unmistakable. i've said before that i think her music is THE most creative and layered and complicated i've heard, so this really was a must-watch for me, bjork fan that i am, fan with the rose-colored glasses.
i won't give too much away of the film for those of you who haven't seen it, save to say that the last part of the film, the gallows scenes, are some of the most terrifying and sad moments i've ever seen committed to film, no matter what side of the fence you are on with the issue, you can't help but leave the theater feeling a little shaken, AND stirred. for me, the fact that it was the noose around her THROAT, the very part, the very organ she uses to produce those lovely sounds, her esteemed music, was the hardest to see, it was like they were killing her very soul more than her body. once you've seen it, let me know, email me and we'll have an impromptu film discussion, i always love that, i'll get back to you in between sips of hot tea and filling my notebooks with one-line ideas for novels i'm supposed to write. see, it's easy to come up with ideas for books, one-line sentences for themes, it's stretching out those one sentences into whole masterpieces that's the tricky part.
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