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Your Eternal Director?
Topic by: underdog
Posted: September 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM PDT
Last Reply: February 13, 2007 - 2:23 PM PST

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underdog
post #1  on September 11, 2006 - 11:44 AM PDT  
I posted this on my own blog but thought it would be a fun question for here, too:

Perhaps I'm in a morbid mood given the date today, but perhaps revisiting a certain filmmaker's work put me in mind of this question:

If, after you died, you were given the choice of spending eternity in a world created by one specific filmmaker, whose world would that be?

My after life would definitely be the work of Michael Powell (and Emeric Pressberger). I'd be perfectly happy in a Colonel Blimp/I Know Where I'm Going/Canterbury Tale -ish world (not to mention Matter of Life and Death/Stairway to Heaven, of course) - though a bit less eager to spend eternity in a Peeping Tom state of mind.

What about you?
hamano
post #2  on September 11, 2006 - 2:50 PM PDT  
I think you'd have to limit it to one or two specific films for some directors. And it's probably easier to say whose films you WOULDN'T want to spend the rest of your life in....

Like, I WOULDN'T want to spend eternity in any of Terry Gilliam's or David Lynch's worlds.

Amelie's Paris would be nice. I could spend TWO eternities in Tampopo's world.

Richard Linklater's Austin (and also Europe) would be an interesting place to live.

Spread over an entire oeuvre of films by one director, I'd probably have to say Ozu's Japan or Eric Rohmer's France.

To live in eternal beauty, put me in a film shot by Vittorio Storaro.

OK, just put me in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and let's do the time warp (back to my college days) again, and again, and again....
underdog
post #3  on September 11, 2006 - 3:37 PM PDT  
I think that's a good alternative way to look at it - which specific film's world would be a place to spend eternity. Nice list.

I could see living in the calm world of Ozu, forever, too.

Ironically, I wouldn't want to spend the afterlife in After Life.

Amelie's Paris would be a fine place to be, especially if Audrey Tatou was there with you. ;-)

David LynchWorld? Yeah, no thanks. (Unless it's on The Straight Story's lawnmower, which seems to take an eternity to reach its destination anyway - kind of like one of those dreams where you never get to where you're heading...)

Which one Fellini film would you choose to live in? I suppose most of them are too melancholy to want to live with forever, though I could see wanting to roam around his Roma...
hamano
post #4  on September 11, 2006 - 4:40 PM PDT  
> On September 11, 2006 - 3:37 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Which one Fellini film would you choose to live in? I suppose most of them are too melancholy to want to live with forever, though I could see wanting to roam around his Roma...

That would be the obvious choice, but the eternally sunny world of Juliet of the Spirits is inviting, too. But my choice for purgatory would have to be E la Nave Va. As long as she stays afloat....
DSchirmer
post #5  on September 12, 2006 - 1:27 AM PDT  
I wouldn't mind splitting eternity between Bertolucci (preferably Stealing Beauty era) and the early Marx Brothers. (Okay, so they're not directors, but either you get my point or you don't.)

Fellini film? Satyricon, hands down.
hamano
post #6  on September 12, 2006 - 2:38 AM PDT  
> On September 12, 2006 - 1:27 AM PDT DSchirmer wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Fellini film? Satyricon, hands down.

You DO realize underdog is talking about ETERNITY there, don't you? If it was just for a fortnight Satyricon might be fun (if one survives being there even that long...) as would any of the James Bond films (beautiful women, guns, and action!) but let's be realistic! We're talking about FOREVER, man!

Hmmm... based on that logic maybe we should head over to BlueCine to find inhabitable films. Bukkake and stuff like that are gross, and S&M would be out of the question, but there must be a few films where whole tribes of beautiful women are living without knowledge of men, waiting for one to appear to teach them the joys of....

underdog, if I picked The Wild One can I ride around forever without feeling guilty about polluting the air or causing unwelcome noise or not wearing a helmet? Will I be stuck in a mid-life crisis for the rest of eternity?
woozy
post #7  on September 12, 2006 - 9:23 AM PDT  
> On September 12, 2006 - 2:38 AM PDT hamano wrote:
... whole tribes of beautiful women are living without knowledge of men, waiting for one to appear to teach them the joys of....
>
yeah, well, they'd just be disappointed. Or worse, find me convenient. "woozy, Erogena and I are having Cunnilingua and Lesbia tonight for a casual get together and need someone to pass out mints. Could you be a dear?"

Okay, this'll sound weird but I'd like to be in Peter Weir's Australia. Especially the opening scenes of the Last Wave watching a pretty school teacher in a cotton blouse get drenched in hail storm and listening to chunks of ice falling on tin roofs.
Cinenaut
post #8  on September 12, 2006 - 9:27 AM PDT  
underdog and hamano took all of the good ones!

Hmmm. How about a Miyazaki world... Kiki's Delivery Service.

With a lot of movies, it would all depend on whether you were the protagonist or some hapless extra. For example, it would be cool to be the person in the wire-fu movie dancing on the heads of the bad guys, but it wouldn't be cool to have one's head used as a dance floor. The same goes for the Star Wars universe... being a Jedi would be cool, but being light sabre fodder not so much.

How about hanging with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday? Oh, that doesn't work out so well director-wise. With William Wyler, you could end up in Ben Hur or The Collector.

Same thing with Miyazaki... you could end up being chased by a maggot-filled demon pig.


Most movies are a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there.

underdog
post #9  on September 12, 2006 - 4:33 PM PDT  
> On September 12, 2006 - 2:38 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> Hmmm... based on that logic maybe we should head over to BlueCine to find inhabitable films. Bukkake and stuff like that are gross, and S&M would be out of the question, but there must be a few films where whole tribes of beautiful women are living without knowledge of men, waiting for one to appear to teach them the joys of....

An eternity with a porn actress might get kind of tiresome after awhile actually, as crazy as that sounds, or, even worse, it could lead to the scenario that Woozy posited. Ouch.

>
> underdog, if I picked The Wild One can I ride around forever without feeling guilty about polluting the air or causing unwelcome noise or not wearing a helmet? Will I be stuck in a mid-life crisis for the rest of eternity?
> ---------------------------------

You can do whatever you like - This is Your (After)Life! [tm] Just make sure a post-bloat Marlon Brando doesn't show up asking for his bike.
underdog
post #10  on September 12, 2006 - 4:35 PM PDT  
> On September 12, 2006 - 9:27 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> underdog and hamano took all of the good ones!
>
> Hmmm. How about a Miyazaki world... Kiki's Delivery Service.
>

A Miyazaki world would be nice, especially the happier ones, maybe not so much the evil, full-of-demons-and-angry-spirits ones. Would it be the sub or dub version?

I think of this philosophizing as more about living in the style and vision of a director, the mood they entail and the way they paint a world, and less about inhabiting a particular character, but however anyone wants to interpret or think about this is fine by me.

hardcle
post #11  on September 12, 2006 - 7:13 PM PDT  
I suppose this comes from having to live in Bush's America for the past six years, but the first director that came to mind was Frank Capra. I suppose eternity in a world where justice is done and the little guy always wins would get boring after a while, but it would take a long time before it did.
hamano
post #12  on September 13, 2006 - 3:31 AM PDT  
I already live in Baltimore, which is lately more John Waters than Barry Levinson.... at least I'm pretty far from THE WIRE/Homicide/The Corner side of town...
underdog
post #13  on September 13, 2006 - 10:28 AM PDT  
> On September 13, 2006 - 3:31 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I already live in Baltimore, which is lately more John Waters than Barry Levinson.... at least I'm pretty far from THE WIRE/Homicide/The Corner side of town...
> ---------------------------------


Yeah, I was gonna say - you probably wouldn't want to live in The Wire's Baltimore for eternity. It certainly does seem like a version of Hell in some respects.
artifex
post #14  on September 13, 2006 - 5:04 PM PDT  
At first read, I figured that for something eternal, Wolfgang Petersen seemed the obvious choice. But having really thought about it, nooo thanks :)

Actually, I think I'd prefer to live in the world some nameless Windham Hill music video director dreams up, than anything by anyone "interesting:" beautiful unpolluted landscapes, no conflicts, nice soundtrack. As long as it was a foresty and watery world, not a desert world.
hamano
post #15  on September 13, 2006 - 7:06 PM PDT  
> On September 13, 2006 - 5:04 PM PDT artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> At first read, I figured that for something eternal, Wolfgang Petersen seemed the obvious choice.

> Actually, I think I'd prefer to live in the world some nameless Windham Hill music video director dreams up, than anything by anyone "interesting:"
beautiful unpolluted landscapes,
no conflicts,
nice soundtrack. As long as it was a
foresty and watery world, not a desert world.
> ---------------------------------

Actually, I thought the desert world of The Sheltering Sky had a very "eternal" quality to it...

DLeonard
post #16  on September 13, 2006 - 7:53 PM PDT  
My favorite directors create worlds that are too complex, cynical, or plain horrifying to want to live in, that's why I like to visit their worlds in film.

Kubrick, Lynch, Cronenberg or Kurosawa? Forget it.

Somebody mentioned Amelie and that is the kind of thing that seems perfect. An idealized version of something familiar. Even the annoying people are fun, idosyncratic, and friendly when you get to know them.

One possible "after life" alternative that immediatley comes to mind are the ones created by Tim Burton. Hanging out with Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice) for eternity listening to calypso music seems pretty good (some may disagree). Or his eternal nightclub from Corpse Bride looks like fun too.

I don't know, give me Vincent Minelli's world. Or perhaps Richard Lester's Hard Day's Night.

CosmicJuan
post #17  on September 14, 2006 - 10:20 AM PDT  
Isn't this the premise of the great Schwartz flik Last Action Hero?

... I think if Wes Anderson's head were less insular (appropriate word?) it would be a fine place to spend the afterlife... at least for a bit. If Manhattan could be anything like the way it is in Woody Allen's head, that'd be nice... Could spend a second lifetime wandering around in Theo Angelopolus and Michelangelo Antonini.


Endless Summer... nuff said

hamano
post #18  on September 14, 2006 - 11:58 AM PDT  
How about hanging with pre-bloat Elvis in Blue Hawaii? After WW2 and before Oahu turned into a big theme park...
ALittlefield
post #19  on September 16, 2006 - 6:39 AM PDT  
The world of TOP HAT (directed by Mark Sandrige) would be great! Beautiful, stylized sets, people in stunning outfits all the time, a musical number never far away, and being able to dance like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers. The escapism this film gave to audiences in the depression still works on me!
Also, the worlds of the films of Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton showed that determination, hard work, luck and amazing physical stunts could result in likable heroes winning out in the end. (Chaplin was usually alone at the end of his films, so I'd pass on his stuff).
dpowers
post #20  on January 26, 2007 - 5:45 PM PST  
hamano connected that to this, so i'm connecting this to that which the same game except it's one movie and it's for a year, from the present moment, with you coming back right where you are.

for the year i picked a chinese ghost story for its colors and crazy earth science violations.

if it were eternity, and a director, ah, that's so different! and difficult! well throw all the chamber drama and horror people out. both would cause PTSD. ha, i know, brakhage. it's the afterlife right, so melting the brain would be okay.

huh, oh, look at that, it's leiji matsumoto. as a body of work... lots of variety. lots of room for eternality.
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