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Adrienne Rozzi  This time she did not dream. She floated, serene and at peace, on a black sea that knew no shore. ✦ @PoisonApplePrintshop

Happy Halloween! 🎃

A particularly beautiful bronze door in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Amidst the labyrinth as Pan plays on. 🌿

I spent the entire day listening to @twintemple and making plans for October. Needless to say, I’m feeling fantastic. 🖤

This week’s pick for my #filmfriday is Lady Macbeth (2016) directed by William Oldroyd. I can confidently say I’ve never watched a movie like this one. Beneath it’s period film exterior is a tough, dark tale of lust and moral decline. The tone of this movie is set early on as one of bleakness and tension that builds a pervading silence only to be abruptly punctured with nightmarish spectacles. Set in puritanical 19th century England, the film follows the young, strong-willed newlywed, Katherine, as she overcomes deprivation and boredom at the hands of her controlling husband, only to spiral down a dark path of lust and betrayal, leaving death in her wake. Florence Pugh gives an amazing performance as Katherine, portraying a woman who’s own callous experiences unfold to reveal a blooming sociopath. Superb costumes, artful cinematography, and period-correct subtleties give Lady Macbeth all the appearances of a period drama, but this cinematic masterpiece can just as easily be defined as a horror film. The strangest part about this movie is not a single character is likeable, they are all repugnant in their own way, selfishly using one another and striking blows every chance they get. But somehow, between these cruel characters, a dramatic and thrilling tale is woven that blossoms into a psychotic display. The film owns up to its loathsome characters, unabashedly flaunting their flaws through a cat and mouse pattern of humanization and dehumanization. With every atrocity and injustice, I was somehow reeled into the story even more, enchanted yet horrified at its gory disasters. I couldn’t take my eyes away, repeatedly thinking “it can’t get more fucked up than this, can it?” But oh, it does! 🖤 #ladymacbeth #filmfriday

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I’ve been eagerly awaiting this #filmfriday so I can gush about ‘Mary Shelley’ (2018) directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour,. As an avid fan of Mary Shelley, her famed novel ‘Frankenstein,’ and the colorful poets who surrounded her in history, I was eagerly anticipating this movie for months before its release in May. My first viewing was euphoric and I think I was a little too excited, trying to take in everything and revel in the magic that can only come from a first viewing. The aesthetics were spot on, dripping with the most beautiful dark and dusty color palettes and costumes, delicately realistic and not too overdone which can often be a downside of period films. Seeing some of my literary heroes brought to life by some of my favorite actors made my heart swell. Elle Fanning portrayed the teenage Mary with grace and melancholy in both her look and demeanor. She paired well with the steamy, rebellious Percy Shelley played by Douglas Booth. But it is Tom Sturridge’s dramatic, bold and, at times, brash portrayal of Lord Byron that truly had me mesmerized. However, there are moments when the narrative begins to fall flat. There are sharp glimpses of Mary’s inner turmoil and torment which Fanning successfully pulls off but the spark between Mary and Percy seems to only skim the surface of the torrid yet passionate relationship we know from history. I wanted a little more depth from Percy’s character, and throughout the movie I wanted a little more action and a little less talking. This made the plot seem drawn out at times and that is my only gripe with this movie, which I can easily look past because it still induces the best kind of daydreams within me. As someone who unabashedly romanticizes the 19th-century, I was not disappointed by the atmosphere of this film- scenes bathed in candlelight, intimate writing sessions in the graveyard, and quills scribbling away during all hours of the night- I want to live in this film! (Review continued in comments- and yes, ironically, I could write a novel about how this film made me feel!)

Branches unyielding and immovable. A tree of stone and it’s faithful devotees. 🌿

“That’s what I wanted—to be alone with myself in another world where truth is untrue and life can hide from itself. As if I had drowned long ago. As if I was a ghost belonging to the fog, and the fog was the ghost of the sea.” 🌊 Photo by @lunation_leathers

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This week’s #filmfriday is The Countess (2009) directed by Julie Delpy. It tells the tale of the infamous Lady Erzsébet Báthory and her preference for bathing in the blood of virgins, believing it would restore and preserve her youth. I really enjoyed the storytelling of this film, which humanizes the countess and concentrates on the psychological aspects of Erzsébet as she finds love, loses it, and is subsequently driven mad, to the point where she becomes murderous. We all know the story, and I found this retelling very artful and fresh as opposed to the bloodbath it could have been, pun intended. In addition to directing this film, Julie Delpy stars as the countess herself, portraying Erzsébet with grace and strength that gives way to heartache, bloodlust, and murder. And there are some awesome costumes and cinematography, too! If you’re into Lady Báthory, check it out! 🎞 #thecountess #filmfriday

From one wildcat to another.

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