Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy Birthday, Todd Haynes

Thanks for all the memories and inspirations, Todd, and for all the future projects. My very, very favorite is still Safe, a film that's all about the vulnerability—maybe the indistinguishability?—of inside and outside, and the scary porousness of borders, including psychological boundaries, and including the skin. Is Carol's cure worse than, or part of, her sickness? Nobody knows, but the dissolve from her hospital room to the deserts of Wrenwood is portentous, and totally apropos.

Safe, 1:06:12, © 1995 Sony Pictures Classics/American Playhouse/Chemical Films

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Blogger Sam Brooks said...

I actually only saw this movie about a week ago, and loved it. But the one thing that stays with me is how truly creepy the DVD cover and score is. Utterly terrifying.

2:16 PM, January 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooo I had to write a paper on Safe. It's one of my favorites. Such an interesting (and interestingly made) film. I will always love Todd Haynes. I'm glad he was born onto this earth to give us great art!

5:31 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger Catherine said...

I tend to act way too pleased that I share my birthday with Todd Haynes, but heck, if you're going to share a birthday with anybody, it might as well be one of your favourite auteurs!

6:24 PM, January 02, 2009  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@The Trio of Safe Fans: Huzzah!

And @Catherine: Happy birthday! I share with PJ Harvey, as I've probably mentioned. I know all the pleasure of sharing a natal holiday with a living genius.

4:05 PM, January 03, 2009  
Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

LOOOVE [safe] and how incredibly ahead of it's time was it? Answer: Very.

7:29 AM, January 05, 2009  
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10:50 AM, January 25, 2009  

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