#nylonbookclub: movie marathon
the films that inspired this month's author.
In L'Avventura, Anna’s disappearance is not a question to be unraveled, with the twists and turns in plot clicking neatly into place, but a landscape of mystery, which Antonioni uses to explore betrayal, the capriciousness of life, the tenuousness of identity, and the profound mystery of human motivation.
As with L'Avventura, this film is urgently interested in the internal mysteries that drive us to action; in raising questions, and expanding possibilities, rather than supplying tidy answers. Not long after watching The Passenger, I wrote the first lines of "The Isle of Youth," which concerns twin sisters who swap identities and become ensnared in the Miami underworld.
Since childhood, I’ve been a fan of mysteries--Nancy Drew lovers unite!--but Vertigo struck me as an entirely new take on the genre. "Do you believe that someone out of the past, someone dead, can enter and take possession of a living being?" one character asks another. Ghosts are everywhere, Vertigo seems to be telling us. We might be one and not even know it.