Friday, April 16, 2010

It's like a Fairytale

Cláudia recommended the film "In Bruges", which is wonderful. If Damon Runyon characters were Irish hitmen in 21st Century Bruges...
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What's the opposite of an old man who may or may not be a dybbuk? I'm just reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez stories, one of them is "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings". This old man, who may or may not be an angel, appears in time of flood rather than in a snowstorm and makes a more peaceful exit than Fyvush Finkel's character. But the feel is the same, extraordinary things happen, we pretend to understand them - or admit that we don't.

18 comments:

Jasmine said...

That film is so funny. Beautiful town too.

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

I looked at the In Bruges clip and will try to get the DVD here locally. I have been there a couple of times and fallen in love with this fairy tale like city.

Charles Gramlich said...

Lana and I saw "In bruges" and liked it a lot. It was definitely not our usual fare but worth the watch.

Cláudia said...

Stuck in Bruges - the line between a fairytale and a nightmare is very elusive.

Colin Farrel's expression as Ray in your drawing is just perfect, Susan!

The whole movie plays with cliches in a dark funny way:

Ray: "Prison... death... didn't matter. Because at least in prison and at least in death, you know, I wouldn't be in fuckin' Bruges. But then, like a flash, it came to me. And I realized, fuck man, maybe that's what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in fuckin' Bruges."

And all the time the film's photography shows us what Bruges looks like - a stunning, fairytale view...

Totalfeckineejit said...

That's a good illo of Farrel and Gleeson.Skillful you are!

steve said...

Very tur. I hav eto chack this film out then. Love this drawing Susan!

Shayna Prentice said...

Another movie for my queue - the dialogue from the film that Cláudia shared, cracked me up. Wonderful drawing, Susan.

Alexa said...

I watched that movie over and over when I was 8+ months pregnant with my daughter. Loved it...and love your illustration.

ArtSparker said...

Alexa– Hmm, not exactly like playing Brahms over and over for the unborn, is it?

Tom said...

i admit i didn't understand much of this post at all...but i guess i like the sound of the movie and the short story...weird stuff here.

ArtSparker said...

Tom- In the second part of the post, I was referring to the prologue of the Coen brothers film, A Serious Man.

tony said...

In Bruges is a terrific (& sweary!) Film.Ive never been to Bruges, but it looks like a wonderful cross between Prague + Venice.
Have A Fine Weekend Susan.

Celeste Bergin said...

I knew immediately who this was and what film it was from. Fantastic drawing for a wonderful film. I was rapt the entire time watching that film--thanks for reminding me about it --makes me want to watch it again.

yvette said...

The film I haven't seen but Marquez is so so so good!

love
yvette

JJ Beazley said...

Oh, good. A film I've never heard of (if it hasn't been free-to-air on terrestrial TV, I haven't heard of it.) Sounds good, though.

Really like the picture. Reminds me of The Trial, which I finally got around to reading a couple of months ago.

ArtSparker said...

J.J. - as Tony says, Bruges is a cross between Prague and Venice - so there is a relation to the Trial. Jeremy Irons was in a 1991 film. "Kafka" which was shot in Prague, by the way.

Tomás Serrano said...

This is a fantastic film. Your illustration is perfect for it. Did you know Bruges was designed European City of Culture at the same time that Salamanca in 2002?

Abz said...

I enjoyed your blog! lots of fun work! ;)