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5.0 out of 5 stars If only this film made it to cinemas...., 9 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Fall [DVD] (DVD)
Predominantly set in India , but featuring twenty-five other countries, this is a crisp, clean, visually stunning film. Just like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers redefined what cinema can achieve, Singh's sublime combination of rich colour, Dali-esque imagery and a vivid imagination - from him and Roy (Lee Pace), the injured man telling the story - pushes the boundaries of cinema's capabilities. It is difficult to forget images of an elephant swimming underwater, or spilled tea merging into a blood-stained sheet hiding a fallen hero's body in a hazy desert. The story is an epic fantasy taking advantage of towering sand dunes, the indigo buildings in Jodhpur and lush gardens of the Taj Mahal, but is as memorable as its locations, cleverly combining self-aware humour with a believable air of ethnocentrism (in the 1900s, is an Indian from India or America, for example?). I'm devastated that even though it did the film festival circuit it doesn't appear to be getting a cinematic release, as it is more than worthy of being seen on a big screen. It is undeniably refreshing to see, in this time of green screens and CGI, that a film can still take one's breath away.
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Initial post: 16 Oct 2008 22:52:29 BDT
R. Watson says:
I saw it at the cinema in Bristol a week ago!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2008 20:21:51 GMT
bumblebea says:
Me too - although The Cube probably counts as an 'Arthouse' cinema - so you'd be more likely to find it somewhere like that, rather than in commercial ones. Good luck

Posted on 10 Feb 2009 18:33:59 GMT
Ms Picasso says:
I couldn't have described a beautiful film like this better. It is too true of today's money-conscious society that films as amazing as this are not given the "mainstream" credit they truly deserve. R. Watson, you were very lucky indeed to have experienced this little masterpiece on the big screen; it's only a shame the rest of us can not share it.

Posted on 16 May 2009 10:07:03 BDT
B. Vriend says:
It was out in a few select London cinemas a while back; I saw it near Oxford Circus in an independent cinema and there was a Q&A session with Tarsem afterwards! The film was absolutely breathtaking - definitely my favourite film of the year - and Tarsem himself was hilarious. I think some small art house cinemas will probably continue to show it from time to time, especially if there's demand, and it's definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
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