The Fall

I watched The Fall at the weekend, it wasn’t quite was I was expecting but I still really enjoyed it. I watched Beasts of the Southern Wild a few days before and they formed a nice diptych of how the world can appear to children.

The very end was probably my favourite part: a montage of stunts from the silent era of film. When you know that these guys are actually just doing these things they are infinitely more impressive than the biggest Michael Bay explosion:

Then again I am a sucker for some silent film, the Méliès montage in Hugo was probably my favourite part of that film:

Spoiler warning for both I guess. Also not so big a fan of the silent stunt horsies, I guess this is before ‘No animals were harmed’ disclaimers…

See also: Professional archers shooting a hail of real arrows at Toshiro Mifune in Throne of Blood.