Adrian Kinski and Mirko Polakov: Flings (2000)
As it happens once again, this was a scene that I had listed for inclusion in my In Praise Of Eros series of video tributes, but for whatever reason didn’t make it. I believe it was for similar reasons the one of Marcel and Pierre wasn’t included in the series: I couldn’t find the right musical piece to fit the scene. I think I came up with a good idea for this one. As usual, I’ll let you all be the judge. It’s easy to wax lyrical with many of these scenes, mostly it has to do with the scene’s location. In this particular instance, it was the woods again and like the last scene which took place in the woods, in a previous post (the one from Frisky Summer 3 with Oleg Vronski and Vadim Hausman), I couldn’t help but to take certain liberties. And like that previous scene, it was the fairy tale angle in the scene I wished to explore. One aspect is a bit obvious. These two lovely guys are hunting for mushrooms. In some cultures, or in herbal lore, certain mushrooms are medicinal and can even be used as aphrodisiacs. Hopefully you can see where I’m going with this. They come across an abandoned shed, a perfect place to enact a love spell or ritual all their own. 🙂
I chose for the music accompaniment an old friend from my high school days, Icehouse, by the band Icehouse. Like most of the video tributes I’ve done, I was going for mood, as well as the scene’s rhythm and pace. The song’s meaning may be a little tough to gather, yet the imagery within the song, with its depictions of the natural world, made this an interesting musical choice.
Video clips taken from Flings (2000), dir. George Duroy.
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