Wednesday, January 6, 2010

because maybe you're gonna be the one who saves me, and after all you're my wonderwall

Here are some great images of the elusive Jane Birkin film Wonderwall. A fantastically trippy film set to the Eastern musical stylings of George Harrison, Wonderwall is about a tightly-wound scientist who becomes wrapped up in the psychedelic world of his neighbor, a gap-toothed model named Penny Lane. He watches through a hole in the wall into her life, as she poses for advertisements with her equally gorgeous beau and parties with her friends. Down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass he goes, as his fascination becomes an obsession, as he drills more and more holes into the wall to look at her from different perspectives.
The plot of the story is not what drives this film, however. It is the musical and visual aspects that make this production what it is. The score, which Harrison conceived to be the complete opposition from anything 'Beatles', is successful. No longer flirting with the sitar, Harrison fully indulges in his Eastern interest, creating a beautiful soundtrack that is both subtle enough to fit the film and yet empowering enough to not go unrecognized. Visually, the film is absolutely stunning. Contrast between the professor's dreary apartment and Penny's swirl of neon colors, per designed by the design collaborative the Fool (also responsible for the digs of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd).
Filmed about a year after Birkin exploded onto the scene in the film Blowup, Wonderwall successfully captures the essence of the late 60s - a blend of psychedelic innocence, false eyelashes, neon tights, flowers and butterflies, drugs, and the electricity of Swinging London.


Leila said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have to see this movie! Love your blog sister! Peace!

Wille said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello! Happened to come across your blogg. I love these 60's gilrls you write about. They're so cool with their personal styles. My question is: where on *earth* do you find all the pics????
I love your collages!!!! There are so many pics of people like Marianne Faithfull I've never come across before. I've seen very few of her from the late 60's. Either it's been her mid 60's angelic look or from her Broken English period... Her late Mick Jagger period is very rare...
Thank you! More!!!!!

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Leila - It's a really stunning film. I saw it on a very grainy print, but even then it was gorgeous.
And thanks, I like your blogs as well!

Queen Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wille - Thanks for the compliment! I am a HUGE nerd when it comes to photos so a lot of these are a result of hours scouring the web, as well as from my own collection from old magazines and books and whatnot. I really adore Marianne, so my invested obsession with her has led to some really great finds. My fave time period of her's is the late-60s. She is so unbelievably breathtaking during these years, I can't stand it!
I usually still have large versions of the pics I use in collages still on my desktop if there are any in particular you'd like me to send you

Wille said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am very impressed by the amount of cool and rare pics you have found. I have been saving pics of cool people since was a kid but I have nowhere near as many and uncommon pics as you. You're collection could rival picture agency!!!

Mariannes late 60's period is hard to find as she stopped releasing records (the brilliant Something Better/Sister Morphine single got pulled off the shelves) and she went into her drug phase living with her mother or on the street.

Thank you again! I'll go thru the collages again to see if there are any I wish I had larger.