I love mazes but have only been in sad little mazes like one at Niagara Falls. I’d love to be in a big maze like one in "The Shining" but don't know any in my area. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves who chose a fun theme this week which is all about the Maze. Nope, I decided not to go with the most famous one, the aforementioned Shining but picked 3 I think you may like.
1. THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI-1947
This stars the husband and wife team of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, nicknamed "Beauty and The Brain" by the press but, by this time, they were not happily married and it shows in this film because Welles decided to have Hayworth's beautiful auburn locks cut and died platinum blonde. She also seems quite hard in this film as the femme fatale. In this movie, Hayworth is married to an old coot who hires Irish( hahaaa) Orson Welles to help out on their yacht. There is much duplicity going on including a couple of murders where it culminates in an excellent climax in a mirrored maze. That climax is justifiablely famous
I haven’t seen this film in decades and want to watch it again. I remember seeing it in the theatre and thought it was quite excellent for its beautiful dream-like world inside this labyrinth ruled over by the goblin king, played by David Bowie. Jennifer Connelly plays a beautiful 16 yr old who has to take care of her baby brother and, in a fit of anger, wishes the baby be taken by the goblin king. As soon as she wishes this, it happens and she must find a way out of the labyrinth in order to save her baby brother. Along the way, she meets up with some characters who become her friends and vice versa. The sets and costumes are truly quite beautiful and this movie deserves its cult status.
3. IN THE NAME OF THE ROSE-1986
This is another film I saw in the theatre and also love because of the beautiful labyrinth of the secret library held in a mysterious monastery. Sean Connery plays a Friar(no, not Tuck) who, along with his assistant( Christian Slater) come to this monastery to investigate the strange death of a monk. It is a whodunit set in the 1300s when the inquisition was around as well as disease, poverty and religious fervour. I love Connery’s character, a sort of early Sherlock Holmes, who loves the written word but also loves solving a good mystery. I found this film quite ...fun and engaging. It’s worth a watch.
I feel guilty not choosing "The Shining" ...which films would you choose?