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We all know the story. The story of young Dorothy Gale and the adventure she had when she moved far away to the wonderful land of Oz. wizard of oz It is one of the most timeless pieces of American literature ever produced, and the 1939 adaptation continues to be one of the greatest (and scariest) films of all time. This has caused many filmmakers of all genres and backgrounds to take inspiration from the classic story in different ways over the years. T West He takes it to a whole other level with his new movie Pearl, prequel to his movie slasher X Which tells the story of the titular character and her descent into complete madness.
The film is full of parallels that call for a return to the classic 1939 movie wizard of ozshows how the fictional story can be used in a different context than we are accustomed to.
Off the bat, the aesthetic and cinematic style choices harken back to the era of Technicolor filmmaking. Technicolor is a color film shooting process dating back to 1916 that uses a three-strip system in which a modified camera takes shots through different color filters (usually red, green, and blue), and is processed separately so that each strip is processed individually. “Print” different colors on a final copy of the film. The result was a vivid display of color that was not uncommon in this age of filmmaking, although one film in particular is best known for its use of the process: wizard of oz. Pearl This is complimented by using a vivid color palette of bright red, green and blue, visually evoking the spirit wizard of oz.
From here we introduced to Pearl (Mia Goth), a lone farmer who lives a quiet life on her family’s farm. She helps care for her sick father and is scolded by her domineering mother, Ruth. She dreams of a better life but her husband is fighting in World War I and her predicament has nowhere else to go. Pearl is a mirror image of Dorothy Gill from wizard of oz (down to the plait braids). In that movie, Dorothy lives on a farm with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and dreams of somewhere “over the rainbow” to escape the mundane life she’s living.
Then Pearl rides to town on her bike to fetch her father’s medicine. When she gets to the city, we show her a world completely different from the one that Pearl is used to. There’s music playing and people live their lives freely, and Pearl’s problems go away with escaping to the cinema (with a side of small doses). While here she also meets a world of projection (David Corinsuite) for the theater he frequents (more on that later). This runs parallel to the iconic scene in wizard of oz Where Dorothy descended into the land of Oz. From the muted color palette of her sepia hue world to Technicolor’s imagination is only possible in dreams.
With Pearl back home, she is accidentally transported to a cornfield home to a scarecrow overseeing the field. Curious, Pearl begins to seductively talk and dance with the Scarecrow, which eventually leads to a scene in which she plays a sexual encounter with her and imagines the dropper’s face before she explodes violently telling her she is married. Ashamed of what she did, she came home with a scarecrow hat.
The design of the scarecrow is clearly inspired by the design used by actor Ray Bolger in The Wizard of Oz. He was a famous dancer when he was alive, the filmmakers gave his character a dance number when he was introduced and Pearl He repays the favor by having them share an intimate dance. Something to note is that the 1939 movie script has a concluding scene where the Scarecrow’s human counterpart, Hunk, departs for the College of Agriculture and Dorothy promises to write to him, implying a romantic relationship.
After a visit from Pearl’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Misty (Emma Jenkins Borough), I learned of a local band doing auditions for their traveling show. As this is her chance to escape her provincial life, she confronts her mother about an audition for the dance troupe. Her mother felt a violent explosion of response and talks about how she sacrificed everything to take care of Pearl’s father, including her dreams and goals. The argument reaches boiling point when Pearl fights with her mother over the fireplace and her mother’s dress catches fire, causing her to catch fire. Acting quickly, Pearl proceeds to throw water at her screaming mother, wraps her in a cloud of smoke, and throws her into the cellar to die. This is the scene in which we see Ruth evolve from an Auntie Em situation into a twisted metaphor for the Wicked Witch of the West, complete with the climactic scene where Dorothy throws water on her and kills her in the process.
Pearl escapes into the arms of a projector at the theater where they share an intimate love scene, despite her marriage, and he also promises to take her to Europe. The next day, offer her a ride home so she can prepare for her big test. When he hears Pearl’s mother downstairs confront her and eventually catch her in a lie, he decides to leave, indicating that he is not interested in seeing her again despite their rapidly developing romance. Feeling disdain, Pearl settles down and proceeds to stab him in the heart, drowning his body (and his car) in a nearby swamp. The Projectionist is a cold, heartless bastard in Pearl’s eyes, the movie A twisted version of the infamously heartless Tin Man. She avenges by destroying his heart. It’s important to realize that he’s the only character who shares any kind of intimacy with Pearl, an act that’s usually limited to those they’re in love with.
In the final chapter, Pearl wears one of Ruth’s dresses—a long red dress as a quirky subversion of Dorothy’s famous blue short dress she wore when she visited Oz—and heads for her audition. After not getting a role in the band, Pearl and Misty return to the farm where Pearl breaks down and confesses to everything she’s done while also revealing her dissatisfaction with her husband for abandoning her and heading off to war. Pearl’s dance troupe was like a hot air balloon for Dorothy, a complete security investigation and an escape to the life she deserved. Fearing her confession, Misty tries to leave while Pearl confronts her about making up the dance troupe and not telling her. The blur in this scene can be considered evocative wizard of ozThe Cowardly Lion in her fear of Pearl, and her hair also refer to the curly locks that the Cowardly Lion showed in the original film.
After Misty is brutally murdered with an axe, Pearl vows to “fix everything” and collect her parents’ bodies at the dinner table to show that in her mind, things can return to normal despite all that has happened. Howard arrives home from the war to find rotting corpses in the dining room, while Pearl wears her looks from the start. Find out what we know XNever leave the farm. She is doomed to spend the rest of her days in a mundane life and not live the life she felt she deserved. At the end of the day you realize a pearl…
“There is no place like home.”