Friday, April 27, 2007

The Wicker Man!



Although this particular UK "Wicker Man" Beltane festival is pretty tame, the original 1970's movie, "The Wicker Man" was a little more sinister, (and alot more fun!). This version is mostly about the juxtaposition of paganism vs xianity There was a remake in 2006 w/Nicolas Cage. This seemed to be more about the age old men vs women (which I liked a little less as a theme), but has some very interesting new takes on the older film's references.

Another big difference between the two films was the soundtrack - in the older version alot of money and time went into the performance and research of actual old folk tunes. There was a release in 1998, then another in 2002. You can find more info here, but you have to scroll down to the soundtrack info part.

A quick run down of the both movies symbolism can be found here, (you'll need to scroll down just a little).

Now if you want to go to a big huge Beltane fire festival that's been held for 20 years, just hop on a plane to Edinburgh. Geez, with all the traveling I want to to so, it'll be a full-time job for at least a couple of years! (what with all the regional festivals-Oktoberfest, Carnival, Chinese Moon Festival, Diwali, etc.)

8 comments:

Swinebread said...

Research in a Nicolas Cage fim? NEVER!

ladybug said...

No, it wasn't the Cage film that has the folk tunes, it was the 1973 original, so you are correct!

Dean Wormer said...

I need to see both.

I'm shamed at your superior movie knowledge.

Don Snabulus said...

Thanks to a certain blading Santa Claus, Ladybug owns both movies. Perhaps another theme for a "movie night"...

Overdroid said...

I think they researched it by going to burning man.

Pandabonium said...

I like the South Pacific version of the story: The Rattan Man.

The Moody Minstrel said...

The original movie was disturbing. The remake just seems disturbed.

ladybug said...

OD-Yes, you're probably right hmm, if we throw in some pagan feminist witchy stuff, it'll be great!

Panda-LOVE IT, only I prefer not burning rattan, but sitting in it!

Moody-yea, I'm with ya on that one. I mean, that scene in the "dr's" office? Unecessary and gross. And what's w/the car crash at the beginning?It never gets explained...