The Fall (2006)

This film is possibly the most beautiful film I’ve ever seen, which is why I’ve chosen it as the next film to examine. The Fall is about a little girl in hospital with a broken arm who befriends an injured stuntman. The stuntman, Roy, then begins to tell her stories about the Red Bandit. I have used screencaptures from all over the film, but I don’t think its too spoilery. The narrative doesn’t rely on any plot twists.

The ‘norm’ style for the fill, i.e. when following the little girl, Alexandria, is a green tinted world of the hospital. Green is a colour that is, somewhat counterintuitively, associated with illness. It is also a strong contrast to the vibrant colours of the story sequences. The Fall is set in 1920s Los Angeles and the opening shots are silent and in black & white to mimic the film style of that of that time.

Though the locations of the tales are very fantastical none of them are greenscreen. In fact the film was shot over four years in 28 different countries.

This is an astoundingly beautiful film. From looking at the screen-captures you could easily assume that they are from completely different stories, but I thought the sections were very well woven together. Especially when the Red Bandit is revealed to be Roy’s doppelganger and is soon joined by a self insert of Alexandria.

There is no danger of a Brazil like plot twist happening. The ‘worlds’ are so different in colour and style. Using the moviebarcode it’s easy to see the sections of fantasy in-between the green/grey ‘real life’ scenes.

It’s hinted that the adventure stories are happening in Alexandria’s head using Roy’s descriptions. I really like the use of the X-ray protective clothing as the soldier’s uniform.

That’s not to say that the hospital scenes are less compelling or more simple in terms of shot.

The team behind this film are a little unusual as they mostly work on adverts. I think this makes them more inventive as they can get so much from every shot. The director is Tarsem Singh (often known just as Tarsem), cinematographer is Colin Watkinson and the production designer is Ged Clarke.

The Fall is one of three films that I wanted to print out frame by frame and decorate my home with. Rather than watching the trailer, which is a little spoiler filled, take a look at the opening sequence.

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