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15 February 2007 @ 01:29 pm
Yesterday was a blur...  
Lost the morning on my cantankerous computer's refusal to cooperate with three different monitors. Lost the internet for 1/2 the day because Internet Explorer was in some sort of mood (not the network, just that one single application).

So, my spn_vday porn fic was late, late, late as a result. But it is now done! In and around 1)3-dozen cupcakes for my daughter's class (for her half-birthday), 2) the remainder of "Tristan and Isolde" (due at the video store today), and 3) The most recent episode of "Lost." Heck, I was up so late that I was writing through parts of Letterman and South Park!

Tristan and Isolde was a far better movie than I expected. I don't know why I thought it would be melodrama and MTV-softcore-prettiness, but I was very glad to be proven wrong.

Unless I'm forgetting how the classic story goes (Hi, jules1013 and fourfreedoms and deirdre_c), young Tristan is sent over to Ireland to fetch a bride back for his uncle Marke. He falls for her on the boat, though both of them should know better, and they begin this torrid affair that manifests in a series of secret meetings in a cottage in the woods. The melodrama is created because the infatuation happens so quickly, and because the two would-be lovers could easily stop the whole thing before it ever really starts (and should have).

This modified version of the story has Tristan and Isolde meeting in Ireland, where she heals him back from the brink of death and they fall in love. When Tristan returns later, to fight in a contest where the spoils will be the Irish king's daughter, he wins Isolde for Marke before ever knowing that she was not the castle-servant she'd told him she was. The story becomes drama and not melodrama with that shift, made all the stronger by the fact that Marke is a good and noble man, and that Tristan loves him so strongly that he has no easy choice to make.

Lots of battle and action scenes, really compelling scenery, and oh, the music. There are two main themes used, both rather simple piano motifs. But the one in particular-- first revealed as Isolde begins to fall in love with Tristan on that Irish beach and then later used to evoke the tragedy of their union-- it is so full of ache. It sounds like longing, like doomed love, like desperately seeking something that will destroy you in the end. *Sighs*

Music is still my first love, and at times like this it is so very clear why...

I recommend the movie, in case you hadn't guessed. And I'd link you to those two tunes, if only I could.

I know some of you have seen this one (Rachel?). And I looked up the credits on imdb.com, and felt secret glee at having correctly identified the Irish king's accent as Scottish. Why do casting people think no-one will notice that?

mooyoo: Heroes - FTWmooyoo on February 15th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen Tristan and Isolde yet - I remember when I first saw the previews for it I really liked the look of it and wanted to see it, but it came out righ around the same time as Brokeback Mountain and there's only so many tragic lovestories that I can take at one time :p So I still haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

Hee! Cupcakes for your daughter's half-birthday. Too cute.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: SN Lovershalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I know someone on our f-lists saw it, but I can't think who. Maybe it was jules1013.

Hee! Cupcakes for your daughter's half-birthday. Too cute.
She's stuck with a mid-August birthday, so we do the 1/2 birthday or she'd be unfairly overlooked at school.

The funny thing is, that was less of a big deal last year when she was in a class of 19-20 kids. In 4th grade the class size goes up to 31-34 kids, which exceeds how many cupcakes a box of cake mix can make! It was a staged production-- the baking alone took more than hour. World's fastest canned frosting job, though, and I still missed the first 15 minutes of Lost. :)
the reluctant lobotomist: hit me upfourfreedoms on March 13th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
The classic story, like pretty much all of Arthurian legend, was so damn melodramatic because Tristan was kind of a jerk. I didn't see the movie so I'm not sure if they ended it like this, but in the classic story Tristan gets banished and marries a new Isolde because her name is Isolde and he's awful to her, and he's dying, and she's pissed of at him, well anyway the original Isolde says she's going to escape to see him, and if the ship coming into the harbor on such and so day has black sails then she's come. Tristan gets new Isolde to watch for old Isolde from the window, and new Isolde is so pissed off at him that even though the ship has black sails, she tells him it doesn't and he promptly dies. The end.

I find the entire thing to be rather hilarious. Anyway, I'm told that James Franco was entirely delicious in it.