Happy birthday to me!!!
And to celebrate I’m going with one of my favourite topics! The Labyrinth!!!
Since I can’t reproduce all the movie here for you, I’ve decided to write a “did you know that…?” kind of post.
WARNING: if you’ve never seen this movie I could spoil you some things, so please jump at the mark * at the end.
Here we go.
Did you know that…
…it’s a veeery ’80s movie (you just need to look at Sarah’s shoes and eyebrows to know it!)? Precisely it is from 1986
…”she” is Jennifer Connelly, and she was only 14 and super super gorgeous already?
…the soundtrack is almost entirely by David Bowie, aka Jareth the gobling king, a-to-the-mazing?
…other than these two (almost unkown uh?) actors, we have names like Jim Henson (The Muppets), Brian Froud, and George Lucas (Star Wars, anyone?)
…there is no computer-graphics involved, it was all made with robots, puppets and costumes?
…there is plenty of online communities where you can find out what shoe size the biting fairy had? With fan fictions, clues about the book that has been written after the movie (which I’ve found used, thanx again Spleen for pointing me at it!) or about the mangas that make a sequel of the story (I’m quite curious, but I’m afraid to know what they have made of it), and the eternal question “If they were to re-make it, who would they call?” and the usual answer is “God forbid a remake!”
…the worm, in the italian version, has a french accent, and all the other creatures have quirky voices, not different english accents?
…the stair scene is based on Escher’s drawings?
…Toby is Froud’s son, and is really named Toby?
…if you look really well into Sarah’s bedroom, at the beginning, you’ll see all the characters she’s going to meet
…it’s a modern fairy tale? I mean, at least she’s not one of those sappy princesses that need a kiss from prince charming to be rescued: she’s a teenager, she screws something up and she has to grow to make things up, and doesn’t fall for a charming yet cruel goblin king… though, to be honest, with a goblin king like that and his “forget the baby”, given my non-existent maternal instinct, I would have gone for it quite happily!
…the labyrinth itself has really old history and meaning (starting from labyrinths from five thousand years ago, to modern garden or lunapark labyrinths, they are still amusing), usually they are a geometric design with an inextricable path… and the point is to get to the center and then exit it again. It’s easy to understand that it’s a symbol for an initiating journey, or using more modern words, therefore more psycological instead of alchemic, a path for becoming, the path of life. Oh I’m so deep! And did you know that the word labyrinth comes from the greek (or so it seems) lebheris, hare?
…the ball scene in the crystal ball (no pun intended) is the only one with real people?
…I think it’s a logical/philosophical movie? It may sound silly, but think of Hoggle: he’s not giving Sarah any right answer untill she asks him the right questions; she’s giving everything for granted, she can ask to just one of the four creatures at the doors; she can talk with doorknobs, yet one can answer but not hear, the other one can hear but it can’t talk; the creatures that spin the tiles; Jareth speeds up the time ’cause she said “it’s a piece of cake”; the solution to the “vow” made by Sir Dydimus; the useless answer from the Wiseman; Sarah’s closing lines; Jareth’s promise (“do as I say, and I’ll be your slave”… it sounds strange, but it has it’s own logic)… wow, I could have written a thesis on this!!!
Ok, I’m stopping here, it’s better! And now I feel like watching it again!
What about you, have you seen it? Did you like it? Are you happy now whenever you see a labyrinth, soap bubbles, striped pajamas, crystal globes, Bowie’s songs and thirteen hour clocks? Show yourselves! You’re not alone!
Oh, and I’ve asked Sadako to tell it her own way, I’m looking forward to read what she comes up with! ^^
* You’ve never seen The Labyrinth? Let me rephrase.
YOU HAVE * N E V E R * SEEN THE LABYRINTH?
And what the heck are you still waitin for, you’re still here???