Friday, September 15, 2006

Scent of a woman - the movie "Perfume"

The film version of Patrick Süskind's "Perfume" came out in Germany yesterday.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung publishes an interview with director Tom Tykwer, as well as author Franz Josef Görtz' recollections of reading the preprint of the book in the paper's Feuilleton in 1984.
Michael Althen, for his part, enthuses over the film's "breathtaking images" and defends it against its critics: "In an unprecedented skirmish for top critical spot, the film was reproached for weeks before its release of continually showing the protagonist's nose.
That's like accusing a porn film of constantly showing sexual organs. That's what it's all about.
Of course Frank Griebe's nimble, lyrical camera is going to keep coming back to Ben Whishaw's nose. Moreover, it is downright sucked in by it, before being wafted away just like fragrances in the wind. And of course it's a feast for the eyes to see how odours are set in shining, colourful images, like lavender blooming in the fields and the golden brilliance of mirabelles."

I heard that music plays a main part in creating imaginations in the movie.
There seem to be only little and half-hearted attempts to visualize scents with computer animation.
But anyway I'm looking forward to watching the movie soon. I loved the book of Patrick Süskind. I think I have to read it again before I go to the movies.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille does not smell.


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