29 April 2012

Day 7 - Labyrinth

"a show or a movie that has changed you, and how"

This is a hard one. I love movies and TV... they're the main reason I'm a geek :) It's hard to pinpoint one that has changed me.

I don't remember the first time I watched Labyrinth, but I remember always asking for mum to put it on. The day the video cassette stopped working... that was a sad day! Luckily mum had managed to find another one. I think we went through 4 video cassettes... and so far I've destroyed one DVD version of it. (but's its okay, because I have 3 different DVD versions and 1 copy of blu-ray)
I don't know what it was that made me love it so much. The mixture of live-action and puppets, the fantasy element. I can't say that it was David Bowie, because I would of only been 6 or so when I watched it, and I'm pretty sure I didn't have "feelings" for him then. At 6, I didn't understand the whole story. It was more how pretty it was, the characters, the music. It wasn't until later when I picked out the clues, like Sarah having all the "toys" of the characters she met, and the picture of her actress mother with her onstage love (who looked ALOT like David Bowie) so was it a dream! It didn't matter.

It wasn't until recently that I realised how many amazing filmmakers and artist were involved in making this movie. George Lucas, Brian Froud, Terry Jones (from Monty Python) and recently discovering that Kevin Clash (who is the puppeteer and voice of Elmo) was one of the main puppeteers! (his name is even on the poster!) All these people I discovered separately to Labyrinth, and they all connected together, without me knowing. I love it when that happens.

I can't wait to make my children watch Labyrinth. I don't know what it is that does it. But it's my favourite film and the film that I believe changed me. It made me more aware of the film-making industry and made the world that little bit more magical.

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