The Fall (2006)

What I wanted to write about “The Fall” and I wasn’t capable of

Linnet Moss

As epic movies go, The Fall didn’t make much money ($3.2 million). Yet it is unforgettable, one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. Director Tarsem Singh funded the film from his earnings making commercials and music videos, and he clung tenaciously to his own artistic vision. The result was a negative critical reception at the Toronto Film Festival and serious setbacks finding a distributor. The problem? Nobody knew what demographic to market it to. It didn’t fit the mold.

vlcsnap-2015-04-04-08h52m17s49 A huge pavilion on wheels (containing a princess) is laboriously drawn across the desert by slaves, as the bandits observe from afar…

It seems to me that the natural audience for this film is adult women. (Apparently we do not constitute a real demographic in the eyes of studio moguls.) It features Very Beautiful Men, exotic locations, romance, whimsy, tears, and a kind, curious, mischievous little girl. Here is…

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