Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood ★★★★½

thinking about running in circles in the woods thinking about the ghost in the woods
thinking about getting lost in the thick fog

the kernel of prophecy winding its way through the pathways of the mind

all movies are about making movies in some way. yes, before film there was shakespeare (and feudal japan, of course), but before kurosawa there were the earliest films of the running horse. in the woods scenes, i found myself watching an early film of a running horse, watching in awe of what the camera can capture, how through the thick branches the lens was somehow focused on the two actors. maybe it's precisely because it's a shakespeare adaptation that i find myself so focused on its Form rather than the actual content - familiar content lets form breathe. and man did it breathe!!!

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