reblog: The beauty of MELANCHOLIA

This weekend we’re showing MELANCHOLIA, a very strange and very beautiful film…if you’re in Detroit, you might want to check it out Sunday (2/17) at 3 p.m. at Ponyride, 1401 Vermont in Corktown 🙂

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We won’t lie, we’d never seen Lars von Trier’s Melancholia on a big screen before. While the director is understandably controversial, there’s no disputing that he made a beautiful film. We really want more people to see this movie, hopefully the screen caps below will help convince you to stop by Ponyride tomorrow (Sunday, February 16)) at 3 p.m.

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Like Peter Greenaway with The Draughtsman’s Contract and Lech Majewski with The Mill and The Cross, among others, von Trier draws from painting for Melancholia‘s lighting and compositions. Just one example is John Everett Millais’ Ophelia,


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For more on the look of Melancholia, check out this fascinating clip from the filmmakers, including cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro:

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