“We are completely the puppets of all the actors, okay? They’ll be writing the script for us. Especially the six-year-old, she’s not gonna buy a word you’ve written.”
- Tarsem Singh, on the set of The Fall.
Tarsem Singh spent 8 years searching for the right actress to play Alexandria before he began shooting the film. Alexandria’s charming and enigmatic character was, according to Singh, the driving force that could carry the film’s story. The interactions seen between Roy and Alexandria are essentially unrefined and natural, and the chemistry between the actors is very tangible. The development of their onscreen relationship in the resulting scenes corresponds with the relationship Lee and Catinca built in reality, as the hospital scenes were filmed consecutively.
slightly replied to your photo: the fall… rampantly orientalist &racist. but also…
oh man this is the first I’ve heard about racism and I was worried from the cover that there would be racism. But I assumed there wasn’t because nobody had mentioned it. WHY DO I EVER TRUST THE INTERNET?
ya I mean it’s all SUPER orientalist obviously, in a “this story is set in India but by India I mean sandy deserts and pretty buildings and an evil spanish governor and a pretty white lady who wears traditional east asian-esque dress” way, and there is one Indian character, whose wife is referred to as a “squaw” repeatedly and who is said to live in a “wigwam” (despite being obviously a desi/south asian Indian character — I assume this was done with some self-awareness on the part of the writer, like that Roy is really sort of sheltered and depressed and white and makes no distinctions around what “Indian” means in his head, but it’s never addressed and I mean, it’s still really kind of awful, squaw, ugh), and there is one Black character who is a former slave and does not seem to ever speak (he may have a couple lines that are not incoherent shouting), and there is another character who as far as I can tell is a white actor covered in mud with a dreadlocks wig who is a “mystic”/primitive type thing who just chants and doesn’t speak english and does magic and is the definition of a Magical Negro character except… played by a muddy white guy
basically the only characters who speak are white
it’s pretty rough
this has been a very late night, tipsy critical race analysis of The Fall