Monday, June 27, 2011
It Will Show You Your Dreams
Twenty-five years ago on this date, Labyrinth was premiered. Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, and a whole bunch of muppets, this was a movie about a girl who unthinkingly wishes her baby brother away and then must rescue him from the Goblin King, Jareth, by traversing the magical Labyrinth and its numerous hazards within 13 hours. The acting isn't great and the muppets get a bit tiresome, but the imaginative qualities are wonderful.
Over the decades, Labyrith has developed a cult movie status. Many scenes have become iconic within the fantasy genre, from the fae masquerade to the endless topiary maze to the Escheresque castle of the Goblin King. The visual design in setting and costume has been highly influential in subsequent "fae fantasy" stories, be it literary, graphic, or cinematic.
Here in Los Angeles, there is a yearly celebration, the Labyrinth of Jareth, that originates from this movie. It is a two-day masquerade ball. Obviously, this is a big event with the local costume enthusiasts. I've never been to the event, but I have a few friends who are regulars and the photos of the costumes are amazing!!! This year's Masquerade is coming up this weekend.
Here are my two favorite scenes from the movie. Obviously, SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
Good stuff! ;-)
Here's a link to the Labyrinth Wikipedia page.
And here's a link to the Labyrinth of Jareth website.