We’ve expanded our slide show, Transcendental Movies, from 9 classics to 12. Our new additions: Fur, Being John Malkovich and Last Year at Marienbad
BY SOUL’S CODE — That last choice, Marienbad is set in a mid-century, is a 1961 classic by the French “new wave” director, Alain Resnais). Set in an upper class Grand Tour-like spa in Germany, it is the oldest film in our pantheon of spiritual cinema — and about our favorite because of its parallels with an ABC TV series that came along four decades later. LOST
Fur is just as obscure, in spite of starring a transcendental Nicole Kidman, and coming out in the new millennium. An exercise in interpretative cinematic biography, it uses the same tropes of fantasy and imagination that propelled Arbus’ work to illustrate her transformation from a deferential post-war housewife into an iconoclastic artist — or in this site’s vernacular, the fruition of her soul’s code.
The magic of the movie is the way that Nicole Kidman, whose co-star is Iron Man‘s Robert Downey Jr., plays Arbus. It’s more like she’s channeling Emily Dickinson — a character so free of fear and ego that she can see beyond the gross appearances of the world, and embrace the apparent gross appearances of characters ostracized by others with wonder rather than judgement.
Read our full take on Fur here, and scan all 12 transcendental movies in the ranking by clicking through these slides. If we’ve missed a good title, please enlighten us in the Comment section below!
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