Not with a bang

My ‘safe place’ in London is the British Film Institute, which is currently doing a season of films gathered under the title ‘The Long Goodbye’, all chosen because they ‘engage with death as a fact of life’. These kind of specifics are so pleasing.

I saw ‘Last Night‘ there – the description had me at ‘a delightfully low-key apocalypse movie’. There are six hours left before the world ends at midnight (everyone’s known this was coming for a few months now), and people are finding their own ways of dealing with it – going to big raver parties on the street, pretending it’s Christmas, fulfilling fantasies & dreams, trying desperately to connect with just one other person…and almost everyone is trying to go out listening to their favourite song.

Funnily enough, I didn’t realise it was made in 1998 until after it ended and I read the programme, which suddenly explained the floral dresses. It’s also awesome that the world ends at midnight… Toronto time. There’s no night anymore either, so everything’s lit by this weird, off-putting light. And I love that everyone’s extreme?/true? selves and beliefs are cast into relief by the knowledge that the end is coming – even though we all know we will die anyway, one day. It makes a difference, somehow, that everyone else is being obliterated all at once too, that not even a memory of who you were will outlast you in another person for a second. It will happen all the same – this is just time sped up. This is why one should never ask for a fortune.

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January 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . movies.

2 Comments

  1. ladyjecca replied:

    WoW!

    My Sister and I are hanging out with an old Hollywood film Buff while in LA, picking his brains and generally being amazed by his stories! HE has been talking about the British Film Institute non stop, and then I read this post, what a coincidence! He used to go there in the early 1930’s and 1940’s, he will be so pleased to hear it’s still a magical and safe place!

  2. swingsandskateboards replied:

    That’s so cool! They are also doing a run of Audrey Hepburn movies… I saw ‘Love in the Afternoon’ last weekend, it was like being transported to this amazing charming amusing Paris paradise.

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