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Scary spectacle in the middle of the sea

The worst of the lighthouse Keeper, the lighthouse Keeper's assistant, his flatulence. An unholy combination of onions and outhouse, if you had to sum up the smell of the flatulence drama in words.

But even otherwise, the assistant (Robert Pattinson) can't say much Good about his master. The Old (Willem Dafoe) leaves him in the small Keeper's cottage and the stairs of the lighthouse and scrub bleeding through his hands. When you eat, if the lighthouse was a drunk guard again, too much of cheap liquor, the salty dried fish choke down, he starts to boil evening to a ungeniessbaren Mush, insulted him without form, and told the craziest yarn. For example, the souls of the dead sailors, the life, allegedly, in the aggressive seagulls more, the circles shrieking to the lighthouse.

Regardless of whether the assistant is checking the supplies in the shed with the wheelbarrow to the debris removed, or out to the outhouse sneaks: Always the guard as a zerknautschter leprechaun is high up on the parapet of his tower, and after staring at him suspiciously. And never, really never, he is the Younger with up to the Holy place of the lighthouse, where he wakes up in the night, alone on the light. So it croaked to him, contrary to the Old with his putrid breath upon their arrival: "The light belongs to me".

Square image format audience

holds The horror grotesque "to The lighthouse" by Robert Eggers is one of the strangest and most enigmatic films this year. The film tells the story of a boy and an old man to push around the year 1890 somewhere in front of the foggy new England coast service on a small island. With the description of the island is actually a euphemism, it is a particularly large and ugly rocks. The men have never seen before, were not only diced for this task, to guard for four weeks, the tower and, more importantly, as the Old one says, to be crazy.

Because the weather is rough, grey and cold on the island. The Soundtrack of this life as a Hermit consists of the waves breaking hard on the rocks, the screech of seagulls and the dull Howl of the fog horns somewhere out in the fog. The sun never shines through the thick cloud cover, which depends closely on the rocks. The whole scenario looks like the nightmare version of Edward hopper's "Lighthouse", a picture taken in the same area in which this Film takes place, high up in the North-East of the USA.

Basis for the film equipment offered about historical logbooks. Photo: Keystone

From the allegorical perspective, the story is, of course, a right under a complex matter, for there is no need for professional psycho-analysis. Two men are deposited locked out of the world, the Elder claimed the privilege on the lighthouse Phallus, which rises there in the sky, the Younger wants to prove his potency, and it is to him to dispute the. Of course, it is only a matter of time before the two go at each other's throats. But good fairy tale is based mostly on a simple story and only obtain through the narrative form of their actual Size.

A Film in a ratio of 1.19:1

"The lighthouse"-Director Robert Eggers, who wrote the screenplay together with his brother, Max, since his experimental horror film "The Witch" by 2015 as one of the most exciting American young Directors. His long-film debut, he had located a good two and a half centuries before the "lighthouse", but also in the cool and always a little eerie autumn countryside of new England. A settler family that came in with the "Mayflower" to the New world, is driven by a forest witch in the madness. Eggers likes to tell his Fantasy stories with a lot of Research and historical accuracy. All of the dialogues for "The Witch" he had compiled from contemporary documents, the early peasant garments and agricultural equipment meticulously reconstructed. The movie should not look as if he was created today, but as he came directly from the year 1630.

This is the approach he pursues in "The lighthouse", this time with more formal and aesthetic Rigor. The costumes and the equipment were designed turn up to the dark gray Fischpampf, the two guards spoons in the evening, to himself, on the Basis of historical logbooks and lighthouse Keeper's guides of the century.

Have in the movie a rather strained relationship: Willem Dafoe (warden) and Robert Pattinson (mate). Photo: Keystone

to transfer the claustrophobic Narrowness in which the two lighthouse keepers are locked in physical asceticism together, to the audience, differs from the Director also in the design of all the cinema conventions of the present. Eggers and his cinematographer Jarin Blaschke, who also photographed "The Witch", have decided against the common widescreen format, in the today, most of the Blockbuster showcase your colorful panorama of the worlds. Instead, they have turned their Film in a ratio of 1.19:1, a nearly square image format, as it was used in the time of Transition from Silent to sound film in the late twenties and early Thirties.

This narrowing of the neck, the filmmakers presented several logistical problems, because alone, a recording of the two lighthouse Keeper at the dinner table was not so easy to get completely into the picture – it is an extra small table had to be made so that both men are seen in the picture. The technology ensures that you as a spectator the whole time the feeling to sit in a prison – like, the two protagonists also. Camera man Blaschke even has a few original camera lenses from the Thirties, distended, of the rotary part to use. In addition, the Film is shot in black and white, with Eggers and Blaschke use not the refined, contrasting black and white of the Golden Hollywood Era, but more coarse-grained, grey in grey, the B-Pictures and cheap film noirs.

never Kill a gull

These elements in your Interaction for an apocalyptic mood, you can actually recognize from the first film minute that these two men will no longer come to your island and the history of drama is soon to be a horror movie. As to the planned four weeks of the cutter with the transfer fee should come to rages a never-ending storm, the small rocky island and the two are permanently cut off from the outside world – if there still an outside world. Because maybe this island is buzzing about the seagulls as the vulture, a kind of suburb to hell.

never Kill a Seagull, tells of the lighthouse Keeper and his assistants at the beginning of the bad luck. But in a Moment of anger, about all the farts and commands and wisdom of the Old, grabs the Boy in a particularly eerie, one-eyed specimen, and beats it against a stone, until only a bird mud from the feathers and blood left.

After this, seagulls murder of the Old, we observed on his pipe nuckelnd from the lighthouse, breaking the already shaky hierarchy construct between the two men. And then even as a quite attractive mermaid is rinsed barbusig to Land the axe in the back behind the wood shed to your great appearance.

The Lighthouse, USA, 2019 – Director: Robert Eggers. Book: Max and Robert Eggers. Camera: Jarin Blaschke. Editing: Louise Ford. With: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson. Universal, 110 Minutes. Currently in Swiss cinemas.

Created: 06.12.2019, 07:36 PM

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