"I've never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso."
It stroke me, the minute I saw the picture. Probably we are not the only one
That is good then. Thanks for your message. Nicolas.
I thougt the same! And the funny thing is - the painting is, in a short glimpse, in the movie! :)
The movie references heavily on high art, most notably on Tristan & Isolde with the Tristan Chord as one of the movie's leitmotifs.Other references include Malevich and and in my opinion most importantly Pieter Bruegel the Elder. There is a striking similarity with the ad Justine was supposed to come up with a tag line and Bruegel's "The Land of Cockaigne." I'd like to think that the way in which Justine despises the ad represents the way in which she resigns (in a contrast to her sister) from all the things that Bruegel is seen to represent: idealised community life and traditions. Also, his painting "The Hunters in the Snow" is the one seen burning during the prelude and later in one of the books in the library.These are just a few of my thoughts about the movie. I did feel a strong need to write about these to somewhere after seeing the film. Have a great day. :)
As said before, the painting also shows up in the movie, so it's a deliberate reference!
Its Waterhouse daling.... and the picture come directly in the movie
I've just seen the movie and kept saying this to my friends then ended up thinking I was the only one trying to see Ophelia in Justine! Thanks :)
One should say that Triers main inspiration for the story and the execution comes from a Finnish childrens book from 1946 that by almost all reviewers been described with 'melancholia' as a main theme.The refereces Trier could have looked to are thematic, dramatic and scenic elements in the book that: Takes place by a house with a porch facing an archipelago Close by the house there is a river that runs through a valley towards the seaIt is a festive day ...The protagonists, a young man to be celebrated and a girl with golden locks coming late ...The sky is behaving strangelyIt's raining ashesComet hiding in the sky and cannot be seen, but they know it's thereThe feeling of it’s increasing presence is described as ‘dragging’ Doom described in a book ... It is estimated that the comet will be there in 3 days within the exact hourThe characters respond very differently to the dense atmosphere: Some believe in science, others doubt itOne person reacts by wanting to have a tub bath ...Some guests close their eyes and go into denialThere is one who says it like it is ...One clings to his project and is desperate for it to be carried outAnother just accept that everything will be gone in a moment The girl with the golden locks more interested in flowersDespite this, a cake is central and must be cutThe protagonist, a worried person in denial and a little child go for a walk They want to see the comet in a telescopeThey come by a On the tour they collect long sticksThe comet comes closer day by day The sky and the landscape changesAt home members of the family decorate the porch anywayOn the way the ones on a trip now see two suns in the sky.One gets lost after having fed an animalA tent is brought up as idea as a mean to try to rescue them They embark for hiding in a caveThe sky becomes brighter and brighterThe wind rises and the sky lit up in blue as if a hydrogen bomb exploded ...Sounds familiar? Yes, it is the Finnish childrens book ‘Comet in Moominland’ from 1946, animated children's film in 1992:http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_in_Moominland
No you're not the only one ;)
Also, Ophelia sings while she is drowning, and at the end of the movie, Justine suggests with irony that they could wait for death sitting outside and singing Beethoven.
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