Daniel at Getafilm tagged me last week in what is probably one of the most creative memes I've seen circling the web (moreover, he created it!): a favorite movie period/place meme. For this particular challenge, you select a place and a time captured on film that you would particularly like to visit.
The movies take us places, as clichéd as it is to admit, so in the spirit of all the potential destinations a film can offer, I present my choices broken down into three categories: yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The important qualification to me was not that the time period and place necessarily be a place I'd like to vacation, for example, but a place that was so evocative to me that I would (my safety secured) insert myself into the experience if only to capture all the senses possible aside from sight and sound, a setting so empowered by its art direction, costumes, cinematography, set design, and makeup that I'm not content with the images the film has given me: I want to see more of this place, damnit!
With that in mind, some of my choices might seem a little offbeat, but what the hey. Consider yourself tagged (I'm so late I don't know who's done it already) and link back to Daniel!
Yesterday: Films set in the past
• Shakespeare in Love (1998) — The Globe Theater, 1590s — Because I have a continual love for all things related to The Bard, and visiting him in the context of this funny and fictitious film would be among the best ways to live a moment of Shakespeare.
• Paths of Glory (1957) — French trenches, 1916 — Because it's one of the most graceful depictions of a battlefield I've ever seen. To witness more through the roaming eye of this camera would be a delight.
• L.A. Confidential (1997) — Los Angeles, 1950s — Because it's gritty, dirty, and tough world out there.
• The Right Stuff (1983) — NASA Headquarters, 1953-1963 — Because I want to watch history unfold.
• Far From Heaven (2002) — Connecticut, 1957 — Because cinematographer Edward Lachman used all the skill and abilities from the 21st century to recreate a gorgeous and faux Technicolor world that kept a polish across its entire surface while in the insides were ripping apart. It's as beautiful as it is painful to watch.
• In the Mood for Love (2001) — Hong Kong, 1962 — Because director Wong Kar-wai captured the smoky, hazy, humid days of summer perfectly and tragically.
Today: Films set in their present
• All the President's Men (1974) — Newsroom, 1974 — Because I'd love to work in my former profession before I was born.
• Breaking Away (1979) - Bloomington, Ind., the 1970s — Because I'd love to visit my alma mater before I was born.
• Manhattan (1979) — New York City, the 1970s — Because I'd love to have visited this city before 9/11.
Tomorrow: Films set in the future
• Minority Report (2002) — Washington D.C., 2054 — Because the future has always fascinated me, particularly when the joy of innovation meets the rainy streets of a dystopia. (Runner-up: Back to the Future Part II, Hill Valley 2015, but Daniel got there first. Ha.)
• Wall•E (2008) — Earth, the 29th-century — Because it's a terrifying take on the apocalypse made strangely gorgeous through the power of animation.