Thursday, July 19, 2007

Making the Mortal Immortal, and Goblin'd

by Ryland and Steven

I'm very happy to have contributed an essay to Reverse Shot's 20th issue, Take Two, which you can read here. It's about Andrei Tarkovsky's almost-autobiography, Mirror, and immortality. There's some poetry thrown in there, too, if you like that sort of thing.

Steven Boone, on the other hand, has a different take on Mirror, in video form (seen above) and featured on youtube. It marries images of Tarkovsky's film with score elements from Argento's Suspiria. In the description box he writes,
Andrei Tarkovsky's autobiographical art film The Mirror is not a horror movie, but it has plenty of frightening images. This crude montage slaps together some of those images along with Goblin's music for the Dario Argento horror flick Suspiria. It's interesting to see how certain images can be repurposed, cheapened or even deepened by music and editing.
I was hoping he might have more to say about it, perhaps how he saw to choose Goblin's work and not some other composer's (or the soundtrack of some other film of Argento's). I don't think this is crude whatsoever, btw, and rather remarkable, just like Tarkovsky's low-budget genius. Comments? Questions? Hopes? Dreams?

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