Friday, July 15, 2011

Movie Moments: #82

Labyrinth  (1986)

A box office flop, returning only $12m on its $25m production costs, and a so-so movie as far as the critics were concerned.  Still, what do critics know about popularity and entertainment?  They acclaim Citizen Kane but no one watches it.  This movie, The Goblin King, is now a cult film for adults.  I love the scene with Hoggle spraying the fairies.

Sarah works her way through a maze trying to retrieve her baby brother, Toby, who she has inadvertently consigned to Jareth, the Goblin King, during a moment of anger.

Jareth: Hello, Hedgewart.
Sarah: Hogwart.
Hoggle: Hoggle!

Movie trailer:
The world’s hardest riddle (I've never understood it either):

When Jareth is playing around with the crystal balls, the scenes are not done with special effects or CGI in that this predates CGI.  Instead, magician and choreographer Michael Moschen carried out the effects by crouching behind David Bowie and extending his arms in front of Bowie.  Moshen was unable to see and therefore did the hand movements with the crystal balls blind.

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