For a piece I'm working on about BREAKING THE WAVES.
lst: I was struck by the frontality of the film. The only other movies I can
remember with so many whip pans are Kanegusa's PAGE OF MADNESS and NIGHT AND
FOG IN JAPAN by Oshima. I estimate that at least 7-80% of BREAKING THE WAVES
was done in whip-panning/close up (which by the way if you haven't seen it
yet and have a motion sickness problem you need to sit way back and/or wear a
Relatively few long shots in this film. Does this accord with others'
experience? Any sense why -- I have a few ideas. Haven't seen ZENTROPA for
awhile, can't recall similar strategy, havent seen other Van Trier films so
don't know if he does this regularly or not.
2nd: Need list of associated films where a woman redeems (more or less) a
feckless man (men)) with the intense purity of her love. maybe gets martyred
in the process. Soap opera staple, but do any better examples of the breed
come to mind? I can think of -- at this moment -- PASSIONE D'AMORE by Ettore
Scola; LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN; JANE EYRE (maybe); THE PIANO (possibly
not): JOAN OF ARC (various versions), so forth.
Any help greatly appreciated!
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